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Spencer in Roane County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Spencer

The Siege of Spencer

 

óThe Blue and Gray Trail ó

 
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By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. The Seige of Spencer Marker
Inscription. In August 1861, a Union militia unit led by Capt. William Pell of Spencer was stationed in Spencer and charged with the area's protection. The first armed conflict consisted of three incidents over 11 days:

1—Confederate guerillas fired on the town from Tannerís Hill (Schoolhouse Hill). Union troops returned fire and the Confederates fled. Pell ordered the Court House fortified with two-inch lumber and made preparations for siege. An estimated 400 Confederate “Moccasin Rangers” surrounded the town. First war casualty was William Pool, shot near present day Post Office by Confederate sniper stationed on Goff Hill.

2—Guerillas surround Court House. Sanford “Doc” Boone climbed to cupola to scout enemy, and was shot and killed by Confederate soldier in corn patch near corner of Church and Main Streets. Pell ordered earthworks built on Fort Hill (above present Circle Avenue).

3—Guerillas laid siege for seven days, pinning Union troops in Court House and Fort Hill fortification. A fake cannon appeared on Goff Hill flying a Confederate flag. Union troops discovered ruse, captured flag and placed it on Court House privy. (See replica of cannon and spring, also earthworks and cemetery on Goff Hill.) Mrs. Isaac McKown slipped into town and told Capt.
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2. Closeup of Map Reproduced on Marker
Pellís wife that guerillas were camped near her home, near the intersection of present day Routes 36 and 119. Union troops surprised them on the morning of the seventh day, killing two and injuring many others. This attack, and rumors of approaching Union reinforcements from Ripley, led to retreat.
 
Erected by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 48.1′ N, 81° 21.017′ W. Marker is in Spencer, West Virginia, in Roane County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 33), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. It is at the court house. Marker is in this post office area: Spencer WV 25276, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U. S. Civil War ( here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Spencer ( here, next to this marker); Col. Ruby G. Bradley ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Spencer ( within shouting distance of this marker); Roane County / Jackson County ( approx. 9.3 miles away); Rathbone Well
This marker is on the Right image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
3. This marker is on the Right
( approx. 13.3 miles away); Burning Springs Oil Field ( approx. 13.3 miles away); First County Court ( approx. 14 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spencer.
 
Also see . . .  Blue & Gray Trail, Roane County WV. “Roane County native Nancy Hart rode and fought with the Moccasin Rangers. A mountain spitfire, deadly as a copperhead and filled with partisan spirit, she was an effective spy and often escaped capture by using her considerable charm.” (Submitted on September 14, 2008.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,375 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of cannon and spring, earthworks and cemetery on Goff Hill • Can you help?
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