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

Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike

Rich Mountain Battlefield

 
 
Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Marker
Inscription. This turnpike connected the upper Shenandoah Valley with the Ohio River by 1847. Designed by master engineer Claudius Crozet, it was a major rock-paved roadway with toll stations. The road you are traveling follows the original turnpike route. Both armies struggled for control of this road in 1861. The Union victory at Rich Mountain secured much of Western Virginia and sustained a growing statehood movement. A 35th star was added to the flag in 1863 for West Virginia.

Union and Confederate troops clashed on the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike throughout the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee unsuccessfully tried to regain control of the area later in 1861. See many of these sites today along the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Byway.
 
Location. 38° 52.209′ N, 79° 57.33′ 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. Camp Garnett (within shouting distance of this marker); General George B. McClellan
Map of Western Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Map of Western Virginia
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Camp Garnett (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Rich Mountain (approx. 1.2 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 map of Western Virginia with key points related to the 1861 campaigns noted. On the right is a sketch depicting the delegates in Wheeling. While soldiers battled here, delegates gathered in Wheeling to form a loyal Union government of Virginia. Their efforts were supported by President Lincoln and on June 20, 1863, a new state was born - West Virginia.
 
Also see . . .  Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. Page from the Rich Mountain Battlefield site. (Submitted on October 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Marker
Rich Mountain Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
4. Rich Mountain Road
The road uses the old road bed of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike.
 
 
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 614 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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