Union in Monroe County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Union, Western Virginia
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From the top of the hill, behind the monument and the tree line half a mile away stands Walnut Grove. This house served as a hospital when Federal forces under Gen. George Crook occupied Union for five days in 1864. Incomplete pairs of shoes later found under the house were allegedly tossed there after amputations.
To your left are the Knobs, hills where many of the town’s residents hid as Crook approached. The Rev. Samuel R. Houston, a Presbyterian minister who kept a diary during the war, lived in the brick house behind, across from the church. Elmwood, the brick mansion of attorney Allen T. Caperton, is visible above the stone wall to your right. As county provost marshal, Caperton imprisoned loyal Unionists. He also served as a Confederate senator for Virginia and, after the war, as a U.S. senator for West Virginia.
Crook’s 10,000 men camped in these fields. Like other houses here, Elmwood was plundered, “entered by 50
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 year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 37° 35.766′ N, 80° 32.61′ W. Marker is in Union, West Virginia, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from 5th Street (U.S. 219), on the right when traveling north. The marker is .09 miles north of intersection with 5th Street N. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union WV 24983, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Allen T. Caperton (about 400 feet away); Gen. John Echols House (approx. ¼ mile away); Bishop Matthew W. Clair, Sr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Postal Service (approx. 0.3 miles away); General John Echols (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Porcher Miles (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union.
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