Grafton in Taylor County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
— The First Campaign —
The Northwestern Turnpike ran through town. From here, the Fairmont-Beverly Pike continued south through Philippi and intersected the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike at Beverly. In May 1861, Union troops poured into Grafton to protect the B&O Railroad. Here at the Grafton Hotel, they prepared for the Battle of Philippi.
Grafton was a major supply depot that supported Union troops fighting in Western Virginia. Throughout the Civil War, thousands of troops and tons of war supplies moved through this town. A general military hospital was located in the area of Walnut Street.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1861.
Location. 39° 20.492′ N, 80° 1.324′ W. Marker is in Grafton, West Virginia, in Taylor County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 119) west of St. John Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grafton WV 26354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Catholic Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Taylor County World War Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Fallen But Not Forgotten (approx. one mile away); Federal Dam (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Grafton (approx. one mile away); Valley Falls (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grafton.
More about this marker. Marker contains a drawing of the town on the bottom and a map of the area in the upper right showing your location and the location of other nearby Civil War sites on the First Campaign Trail.
Also see . . . Taylor County WV in the Civil War. Excerpt: “While Latham was in Wheeling, two Confederate companies from Taylor County, one under the command of (Submitted on July 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.