Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
A. Brooks Fleming House
A Role in the Action
—Jones-Imboden Raid —
Behind you is the home of Aretas Brooks Fleming (1839–1923), the eighth governor of West Virginia (1890–1893). During the war, he was the Marion County prosecuting attorney and served in the Fairmont Home Guard. At the time of the raid, he instructed and provisioned Mannington’s Home Guard. Detachments of the 23rd Illinois Infantry, the 106th New York Infantry, and the 6th West Virginia Infantry also guarded Fairmont.
Early on April 29, 1863, Gen. William E. Jones’s forces attacked Fairmont from the west
Jones divided his command, sending his main column in Fairmont upriver to the railroad bridge while a detachment fought its way across the suspension bridge, laying found timbers for flooring as they went. The Confederates secured both bridges and captured many Federals, including those in the foundry. A train bearing Union reinforcements arrived from Grafton but was driven away from the rail bridge, which Jones destroyed. He also paroled the prisoners before leaving for Bridgeport. He reported three men wounded and left in the care of “kind friends.”
Fleming was promoted to captain by the Paw Paw militia for his service during the raid. He later
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 29.038′ N, 80° 8.538′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is up atop of the retaining wall at the corner of Jefferson and Washington Streets. Access is from Ogden Street on Jefferson between Washington and Adams Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cleveland Avenue, Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (here, next to this marker); Fairmont (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marion County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Boaz Fleming Attack on Fairmont (about 600 feet away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle for the Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
More about this marker. There is a photo of the Fleming House from 1954 on the lower left of the marker. A portrait of Aretas Brooks Fleming is in the center and a map of the Jones-Imboden Raid is on the lower right. A small map showing the location of the Civil War Trails markers in Fairmont is on the upper left.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,300 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 31, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.