Near Bloomery in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Bloomery Iron Furnace / Bloomery Gap Skirmish
The furnace was built, 1833, by Thomas Pastly and later was owned by Lewis Passmor. He placed a Mr. Cornwell in charge who operated it until 1848 when it was sold to S. A. Pancost. He and his heirs operated it until 1875 when the furnace was closed down. It was operated for a short time in 1880-1881. Annual capacity was 8500 tons. The iron was carried on rafts and flatboats down the Cacapon River.
(South Facing Side):
February 14, 1862, Brigadier General Frederick W. Lander, commanding the 5th and 8th Ohio, 14th Indiana Infantry, and 400 men of the 1st West Virginia Cavalry, attacked a Confederate brigade of the 31st, 51st, 67th, and 89th Virginia Militia under Colonel J. Sencendiver. The Confederates were routed and fled toward Winchester. Lander returned to his camp at Paw Paw and Sencendiver again occupied Bloomery Gap.
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Location. 39° 24.498′ N, 78° 24.114′ W. Marker is near Bloomery, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is on Bloomery Pike (West Virginia Route 127), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “Caudy’s Castle” (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fight at Bloomery Gap (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pinoak Fountain (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hampshire County / Virginia (approx. 4 miles away); Morgan County / Hampshire County (approx. 6.6 miles away); Fort Edwards (approx. 7.8 miles away); Northwestern Turnpike (approx. 7.9 miles away); Camp Mud (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomery.
Also see . . .
1. Bloomery Was an Industrial Village. (Submitted on August 31, 2008.)
2. Bloomery. From History of Hampshire County and The Crossings at the Great Cacapon. (Submitted on August 31, 2008.)
3. Official Reports of Gen. Lander and Col. Sencendiver. (Submitted on August 31, 2008.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2008. This page has been viewed 2,924 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on September 2, 2008. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2008. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.