Alderson in Monroe County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Because of the importance of the ferry, occasionally engagements were fought here as each side sought to control the crossing or deny the ferry’s use to the enemy. On July 12, 1862, Union Capt. William B. Harrison, leading two cavalry companies from Col. George Crook’s brigade, engaged Confederate cavalrymen here. His command killed or wounded seven of them and captured about a dozen of their horses.
Gen. Rutherford B. Hayes, the future president of the United States, crossed his brigade over the river into Greenbrier County just upstream from here on May 18, 1864. It took twenty-four hours for the entire brigade to cross.
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 May 1973.
Location. 37° 43.458′ N, 80° 38.586′ W. Marker is in Alderson, West Virginia, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of South Monroe Street (West Virginia Route 3) and Railroad Avenue on South Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alderson WV 24910, 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. Greenbrier County / Monroe County (a few steps from this marker); Alderson Memorial Bridge History (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alderson (about 600 feet away); Alderson Lion (about Alderson Baptist Academy and Junior College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reformatory for Women (approx. 0.4 miles away); Greenbrier County / Summers County (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Greenbrier (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alderson.
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