“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ansted in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Tyree Tavern

Confederate and Union Headquarters

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Photographed By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
1. Tyree Tavern Marker
Inscription.  During his and Gen. Henry Alexander Wise’s unsuccessful Kanawha Valley campaign, Confederate Gen. John B. Floyd made his headquarters here, August 17-18, 1861, while Wise camped on the top of Big Sewell Mountain. In 1862, according to an inscription carved over the front door, the tavern was “Headquarters of the Chicago Gray Dragoons". The original Chicago Dragoons enlisted in April 1861 for three months and were sent to West Virginia in June. Most of the men returned to Chicago when their enlistments expired, but their captain, Charles W. Barker, recruited two companies called the McClellan Dragoons. After November 1862, they became Cos. H and I, 12 Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. Besides serving as a headquarters for both sides during the war, according to local tradition, the Tyree Tavern also served as a hospital.

William Tyree, the owner of the tavern, was captain of Co. C, 22nd Regiment Virginia Infantry (CS), also known as the 1st Kanawha Regiment. Two of his sons, Andrew and Joseph Tyree, served in his company. The regiment was organized in July 1861 and saw action at Carnifex Ferry and Droop Mountain. It took part in many
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of the battles in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia before disbanding in the spring of 1865.

(Top Sidebar): Thomas J. Jackson, later nicknamed Stonewall, stayed here in August 1855, hoping to visit his mother's grave in Westlake Cemetery. William Tyree, who had attended her burial, took him there. However, the grave was unmarked, and Jackson was not sure he saw the spot.

(Lower Sidebar): This building may be the oldest structure standing in Fayette County. Charles Skaggs received a patent for 400 acres here in 1792, and his sons Joseph Skaggs may have built the earliest portion then. George Hunter bought the property later then sold it to William Tyree in 1834. Located midway between Charleston and Lewisburg on the James River and Kanawha Turnpike, the tavern was sometimes called the Halfway House. As recently as 1927, the wife of Tyree's son Joseph operated the tavern. It is a private residence today.
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 1861.
Location. 38° 8.082′ N, 81° 5.676′ W. Marker is in Ansted, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is at the
Tyree Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
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intersection of James River and Kanawha Turnpike (County Route 60/33) and Tyree Street, on the right when traveling east on James River and Kanawha Turnpike. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ansted WV 25812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster (approx. 0.2 miles away); Did You Know? (approx. 0.2 miles away); History Around the Cupola (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Nelson Page (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hawks Nest Strike (approx. ¼ mile away); Westlake Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Jackson's Mother (approx. ¼ mile away); New Haven Veterans' Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ansted.
Tyree Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
3. Tyree Tavern Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,263 times since then and 60 times this year. Last updated on September 30, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 31, 2023