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

Fortifications

Rich Mountain Battlefield

 
 
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By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Fortifications Marker
Inscription. These earthworks protected Confederates at Camp Garnett from small arms and artillery fire. Soldiers built them by rolling large logs into place and heaping dirt and rocks from a ditch in front. Trees were felled more than 100 yards ahead, their branches sharpened into spikes to discourage attack.

The earthworks in front of this sign were originally several feet higher. Please help protect the earthworks by not walking or standing on them.
 
Location. 38° 52.23′ N, 79° 57.296′ W. Marker is in 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. Camp Garnett (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike (within shouting distance of this marker); General George B. McClellan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Camp Garnett
Fortifications Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Fortifications Marker
(about 300 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 left is a portrait of Lt. Col. John Pegram who commanded the Southern forces at Camp Garnett. His blunders resulted in surrender and the loss of Western Virginia by the Confederacy. In the center of the marker is a profile view of a typical earthwork defense used in the Civil War.
 
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
 
Marker and Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Marker and Earthworks
The Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
4. The Earthworks
Today all that remains is a low ditch with a mound of earth to the front of the fortifications.
 
 
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 658 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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