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

Camp Garnett

Rich Mountain Battlefield

 
 
Camp Garnett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Camp Garnett Marker
Inscription. Confederates built Camp Garnett to block the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. Soldiers here felled trees, dug trenches and stacked rocks for protection. Fortifications covered the hills overlooking this road, forming a fearsome obstacle for General McClellan's army.

"The regiment will be able to hold five times their number in check... if they will stand to their work."
Confederate General R.S. Garnett
 
Location. 38° 52.214′ N, 79° 57.288′ W. Marker is near Mabie, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on Rich Mountain Road / Files Creek Road (County Route 37/8), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the Rich Mountain Battlefield's Camp Garnett section. Marker is in this post office area: Mabie WV 26278, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Camp Garnett (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General George B. McClellan
Hotchkiss' Map of Rich Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Hotchkiss' Map of Rich Mountain
(about 400 feet away); Rich Mountain (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Rich Mountain (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Stable Yard (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mabie.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a portrait of General Garnett. General Robert S. Garnett placed 1,300 Confederates here while he personally defended Laurel Hill pass 16 miles north. Garnett was killed in action at Corrick's Ford - the first Civil War General to fall.

On the right is a map showing Camp Garnett and the movements of the Federals during the battle. Next to the map is a portrait of Jed Hotchkiss. Jed Hotchkiss, gifted civilian mapmaker, sketched the works at Camp Garnett and led a party of Confederates to safety after the battle. His famous maps later guided Stonewall Jackson.
 
Also see . . .  Camp Garnett. Additional illustrations of the camp from the Rich Mountain Battlefield Association web site. (Submitted on October 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Camp Garnett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Camp Garnett Marker
The marker stands on a viewing platform overlooking the Confederate position at Camp Garnett.
Roaring Creek image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
4. Roaring Creek
The creek cuts runs parallel to the turnpike in this section of the road, and bisects the Confederate position.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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