Clarksburg in Harrison County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Protecting the Town and Railroad
— Jones-Imboden Raid —
The trenches here and on Pinnicinick Hill were constructed for the protection of Clarksburg and the vital North Western Virginia Railroad. The line ran west from Grafton, where it joined the Baltimore an Ohio Railroad, through Clarksburg to Parkersburg. On May 30, 1861, three companies of the 14th Ohio Infantry arrived in Clarksburg by train from Ohio, the first Union troops to do so. The 8th Indiana Infantry soon arrived and on Jun 19 began to help build fortifications on Lowndes and Pinnicinick Hills.The soldiers did
When in April 1863 Confederate Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones and Gen. John D Imboden raided present-day West Virginia, Jones approached Clarksburg from the north and Imboden from the east. Approximately 5,000 Union troops in the area retreated to the relative safety of Clarksburg’s fortifications. The commanding general, Benjamin S. Roberts, sent out a cavalry company on a reconnaissance but otherwise made no effort to attack the Confederates. Jones, finding the defenses of Clarksburg too strong, moved on to Bridgeport, where his men burned two railroad bridges and destroyed a locomotive.
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° 16.5′ N, 80° 20.418′ W. Marker is in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in Harrison County. Marker is on Kiwanis Drive. The marker is located in Lowndes Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clarksburg WV 26301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this U.S.S. West Virginia Bow Flag Staff (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Meetings (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Stonewall" Jackson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clarksburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Combat Wounded (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson Birthplace (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Immigrants (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksburg.
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