Spencer in Roane County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
U. S. Civil War
1861 – 1865
In the Fall of 1862, Roane County saw its first significant battle of the Civil War. Colonel J. C. Rathbone, with four companies of the 11th West Virginia Union Infantry, arrived to protect the town of Spencer. General Albert G. Jenkins, with a company of 500 Confederates, advanced from Weston. Colonel Rathbone surrendered the town to General Jenkins, who took possession “in the name of Jefferson Davis and the Southern Confederacy.” Jenkins and his army headed west after surrender. Rathbone and his men were paroled, promising not to bear arms against the South for thirty days. As soon as Jenkins left, Captain Sympson and his troops of the 11th Regiment, who had escaped towards Reedy, returned to recapture Spencer for the Union. The State Guard fought the first and last battle in Roane County.
While several were wounded, only two persons were killed in the Battle of Spencer. Sanford Boon of the State Guards was killed while high up in the cupola of the court house and Sergeant William Pool of Rathbone’s men was shot while superintending throwing up breast
Erected 1995 by a joint project of the Little Kanawha Resource, Conservation and Development Council, the Spencer Rotary Club, and several veterans groups.
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. 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. Spencer (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 (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.
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