Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Hampshire County Courthouse
Secession and Occupation
Although Hampshire County became part of the new state of West Virginia, county residents generally sided with the Confederacy during the war. On May 18, 1861, two local militia companies, the Hampshire Guards and the Frontier Riflemen, left Romney to join other Confederate units training at Harpers Ferry. During the course of the war, Hampshire County raised thirteen Confederate companies and only one for the Union. After the war, on September 26, 1867, Hampshire County dedicated what is perhaps the first Confederate Memorial in the United States. It still stands in Romney’s Indian Mound Cemetery.
Several times during the war, the troops of one side or the other occupied the Hampshire County Courthouse. As
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 1809.
Location. 39° 20.52′ N, 78° 45.378′ W. Marker is in Romney, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 50) and North High Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Romney WV 26757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Romney / Early Memorial (here, next to this marker); Romney in 1861–1865 / “Stonewall” Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Hampshire County World War I Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Gilbert Proctor Miller (a few steps from this marker); Old Literary Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Romney in Union Hands (about 400 feet Taggart-Hall House (about 400 feet away); Easton Family Homesite (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Romney.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.