Harrisville in Ritchie County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Jones - Imboden Raid
On May 6, 1863, Confederate Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones led his wing of cavalrymen to Harrisville from Weston. Near the western end of town, his men exchanged shots with the Harrisville Home Guard, which then fled. The Home Guard maintained control of the town during the war and was composed of 75 older men and young boys. Jones's men captured many of its members as they fled but soon released them from custody. The fast-moving raiders did not wish to have prisoners encumber them.
After the Confederates gained control of the town,
The Harrisville Baptist Church minutes for May 9 referred to the incident: "Church failed to meet in consequences of a raid of Rebel Cavalry to the supposed number of 1,500 that entered Harrisville at noon on Thursday."
(Sidebar): The Confederates raided present-day West Virginia to recruit new troops, "collect" cattle and horses, and destroy railroad bridges and tunnels. At Cairo, in Richie County, Jones's men captured a Federal garrison based there to guard the railroad. The stations along the railroad were centers of community. The Pennsboro Depot, constructed at an earlier station site in 1883, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1861.
Location. 39° 17.026′ N, 80° 58.135′ W. Marker is in Harrisville, West Virginia, in Ritchie County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisville WV 26362, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pennsboro (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsboro B&O Depot (about 500 feet away); The Stone House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Doddridge County / Ritchie County (approx. 3.2 miles away); Romeo H. Freer (approx. 6.2 miles away); Harrisville / Thomas Maley Harris (approx. 6.2 miles away); Ritchie County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); a different marker also named Harrisville (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2011, by Debra Lynch Taylor of Pennsboro, west Virginia. This page has been viewed 847 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Debra Lynch Taylor of Pennsboro, west Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.