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Bulltown in Braxton County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Bulltown / Bulltown Battle

 
 
Bulltown Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
1. Bulltown Marker
Inscription.  
Bulltown. Important point in plan of Washington to establish water transportation to West. Salt was made here as early as 1792. Attack of whites in 1772 upon Captain Bull's Indian village here was among the causes of Dunmore's War.

Bulltown Battle. On October 13, 1863, a force of 400 Union troops under Captain W. H. Mattingly, entrenched on the hills to the northeast, repulsed attack of Confederate forces under Colonel W. L. Jackson. Jackson retreated after some loss into Pocahontas County.
 
Erected 2002 by West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1742.
 
Location. 38° 47.594′ N, 80° 33.693′ W. Marker is in Bulltown, West Virginia, in Braxton County. Marker can be reached from Burnsville Lake Road. Marker has been moved to the Bulltown Historic Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Napier WV 26631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Bulltown Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
2. Bulltown Battle Marker
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8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Bulltown (within shouting distance of this marker); Skirmish at Salt Lick Bridge (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lewis County / Braxton County (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fort Pickens (approx. 5.6 miles away); Burnsville Bridge (approx. 6.7 miles away); Fort Pickens / Engagements of Co. A (approx. 6.8 miles away); Town of Burnsville (approx. 7.1 miles away); Bennett-Camden (approx. 7½ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Ohio History Central. Lord Dunmore's War, John Murray, Lord Dunmore, hoped to prevent Pennsylvania's expansion into modern-day West Virginia and Kentucky. He wished to place Virginia militiamen in these regions. He also hoped to open these lands to white settlement. (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Bulltown Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
3. Bulltown Marker
Bulltown Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
4. Bulltown Battle Marker
Historic West Virginia State Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
5. Historic West Virginia State Marker
Sign next to marker describing the move to new location
Marker History
The West Virginia historic marker in-front of you, originally was installed in 1937 beside U.S. 19 at a wayside park. The second location was directly across from Millstone Run Road. The most recent move to this location occurred in February 2013. Permission to move the marker here was granted by the state in January 2013.

Preservation and Conservation
The move serves a two-fold purpose: 1. to preserve the marker, and 2. to make viewing of the marker more convenient for visitors. Unfortunately, many historic markers across the state and the country have been vandalized. Here, the marker is protected for current visitors and for future generations. In this new location, access to the marker is greatly improved.

Text Change
Written with the original location in mind, the description of the Battle of Bulltown on the side facing you reads: "...entrenched on the hills to the northeast." However, because of the move to this location, the direction stated in the text to warranted a change to: "...entrenched on the hills to the southeast." An edit to the other side of the marker was not necessary.

Honored
This marker, with different messages on two sides, honors both participants and civilians in two wars. The importance of transportation and industry in the area is discussed on one side only. It is fitting then, that this marker is now here surrounded by appropriate landscaping.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,326 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 27, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Aug. 14, 2022