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Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Col. Drake

 
 
Col. Drake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
1. Col. Drake Marker
This is one of 25 obelisks set up in Jefferson County, WV on the 50th anniversary of the Civil War. It is the only one with an inscription.
Inscription.  
Col. Drake
1st Va. Cavalry
Killed

 
Erected 1910 by United Confederate Veterans – Jefferson County Camp. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list.
 
Location. 39° 24.92′ N, 77° 50.274′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Kearneysville Pike (West Virginia Route 480), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fountain Rock (approx. one mile away); Shepherdstown Rally Point (approx. one mile away); Elmwood Cemetery Vault (approx. 1.6 miles away); Spirit of 1775 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Memorial To Confederate Soldiers (approx. 1.6 miles away); Confederate Dead
Col. Drake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
2. Col. Drake Marker
On July 16, 1863, Col. James H. Drake of the 1st Virginia Cavalry fell mortally wounded near this marker.
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(approx. 1.6 miles away); Confederate Soldiers in Elmwood Cemetery / Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Report of Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, C. S. Army, Commanding Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia. Official account of the engagement in which Col. James H. Drake was killed. (Submitted on April 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. West Virginia Civil War Markers. Jefferson County Historical Society details 25 obelisks set up in 1910 to note battle or skirmish sites. (Submitted on April 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Col. Drake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
3. Col. Drake Marker
During the Confederate retreat south following the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate Cavalry brigades under Gen. Fitzhugh Lee and Gen. John R. Chamblis, Jr. met and repelled pursuing Union forces. Col. Drake fell during this engagement.
Marker on Kearneysville Pike image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
4. Marker on Kearneysville Pike
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 893 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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