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Near Beverly in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Rich Mountain

Rich Mountain Battlefield

 
 
Battle of Rich Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Battle of Rich Mountain Marker
Inscription. The battle was fought in this pass along the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. Union forces led by General William S. Rosecrans stormed down the hill behind you. Confederates on guard here took cover behind log breastworks, farm buildings and large rocks in the stable yard across the road. Federal soldiers were held back by fire from infantry and single cannon. After three hours of fighting, the larger Federal force charged and captured the cannon, scattering Confederate defenders through the woods.
 
Location. 38° 51.959′ N, 79° 56.046′ W. Marker is near Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on Rich Mountain Road / Files Creek Road (County Route 37/8), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in the Rich Mountain Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Beverly WV 26253, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rich Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stable Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); General William S. Rosecrans (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hart House (within shouting distance of this marker); Rich Mountain / Hart House
Battle of Rich Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Battle of Rich Mountain Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Camp Garnett (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fortifications (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly.
 
More about this marker. In the upper right is a drawing depicting the Battle of Rich Mountain, July 11, 1861. On the lower left is a newspaper headline with the caption, General McClellan's electrifying telegrams of victory made him a star - the North's first battlefield hero, leading to his appointment as commander of all Union armies.
 
Also see . . .  The Battle of Rich Mountain. An overview of the battlefield. (Submitted on October 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Rich Mountain Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Rich Mountain Battlefield
The path of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike passes on the left of this view. After flanking Confederate positions by a flank march to the south, forces led by General Rosecrans attacked near this point, overtaking the Confederate rear guard.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,642 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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