Glenwood in Mason County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Albert Gallatin Jenkins
Home of a General
When the Civil War began, Jenkins was elected captain of a unit of 101 militiamen from Cabell and Mason counties—the Border Rangers. The unit entered Confederate service in May 1861. The Border Rangers took part in several skirmishes, raids, and battles during the first year of the war.
Early in 1862, Jenkins was elected to the first Confederate Congress and served until August, when he was promoted to brigadier general and returned to the field. He then launched his famous raid through Western Virginia, and on September 4, he and his men crossed the Ohio River and planted the first Confederate banner in Ohio.
Jenkins and his men returned to the Kanawha Valley early in 1863 and fought most notably at Hurricane Bridge and Point Pleasant. In June, he was recalled to the Shenandoah Valley to join Gen. Robert E. Lee’s forces for the Gettysburg Campaign. During the second day
He returned to the Department of West Virginia and continued raiding. In 1864, Jenkins was named the Department’s cavalry commander. At the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain in Virginia on May 9, Jenkins was wounded and captured. He died of his wounds on May 21. He is buried in the Confederate plot in Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington.
In 1825, Capt. William Jenkins purchased 4,395 acres here in northern Cabell County and completed his house ten years later. The plantation relied on dozens of slaves to work the fields of grain and corn. In 1861, Union troops camped here and seized corn and horses. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a state historic site maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
(bottom center) Gen. Albert G. Jenkins Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Jenkins House, ca 1915 — Courtesy West Virginia State Archives
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1861.
Location. 38° 35.202′ N, 82° 14.886′ W. Marker is in Glenwood, West Virginia, in Mason County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ohio River Road (West Virginia Route 2) and Homestead Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glenwood WV 25520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clover Archeological Site (a few steps from this marker); General Jenkins (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Hannan (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mercer’s Bottom / Captain John Hereford (approx. 6.4 miles away); Here Lies James Jeffers (approx. 8.6 miles away in Ohio); May Moore Mound (approx. 11.1 miles away); The Bryan Family (approx. 11.7 miles away); Battle of Barboursville (approx. 12.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood.
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