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Hedgesville in Berkeley County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Camp Hopkins

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By Don Morfe, July 29, 2012
1. Camp Hopkins Marker
Inscription.  In December 1862, Union Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley stationed detachments of the 54th Pennsylvania and 1st West Virginia Infantry regiments here to guard and repair the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, a main supply route between the Ohio River and the national capital region. On March 6, 1863, Col. Edward James and his 106th New York Volunteer Infantry and a section of Capt. Thomas A. Maulsby’s Battery F, West Virginia Light Artillery (US), marched from Martinsburg and relieved the units. They first occupied a temporary camp across the tracks while preparing a more permanent site here.

The New Yorkers moved here on April 2, and James named the site Camp Hopkins for his friend and schoolmate Lt. James W. Hopkins, who recently had died in Martinsburg. The camp consisted of conical Sibley tents arranged in company streets, with the companies positioned in line-of-battle order. The regiment guarded the railroad and patrolled the countryside to confiscate Confederate contraband. A cornfield and an apple orchard were located nearby, although the crops did no ripen soon enough to benefit the men, who broke camp on June 13, 1863. The 106th New York
Camp Hopkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 29, 2012
2. Camp Hopkins Marker
set off in pursuit of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia; the invasion of Pennsylvania that ended at Gettysburg was under way.

The campsite has survived remarkably intact since 1863, and holes where the tents stood are still visible. The Windle family generously donated the property to the Berkeley County Landmarks Commission in 2008.

"[Our camp is located on] a steep wooded hill on the brow of which the tents are laid out. ... Picture the tents on a firm smooth swail, intersperced plentifully with fine large trees and you have some idea of it." - Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Shepard, 106th N.Y. Volunteers, Apr. 8, 1863
 
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.
 
Location. 39° 34.2′ N, 77° 58.956′ W. Marker is in Hedgesville, West Virginia, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Allenville Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 570 Allenville Road, Hedgesville WV 25427, 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. Battle of North Mountain Depot (approx. 1.1 miles away); 307 North Mary Street (approx. 1.2 miles away); Payne-Kreglow House
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(approx. 1.2 miles away); 300 North Mary Street (approx. 1.2 miles away); 204 North Mary Street (approx. 1.3 miles away); 201 North Mary Street (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hedgesville Historic District National Register Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); 108 West Main Street (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hedgesville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 852 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on August 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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