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Parsons in Tucker County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Corricks Ford Battlefield

Death of a General and Birth of a State

 
 
Corricks Ford Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Corricks Ford Battlefield Marker
Inscription. "They have not given me an adequate force. I can do nothing. They have sent me to my death."
Gen. Robert S. Garnet CSA

"I have made a very clean sweep of it."
Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan USA

Confederate Gen. Robert S. Garnett took command of the Army of the Northwest in this region after the "Philippi Races," first land battle of the Civil War. By June 16, 1861, Garnett's 5,300 Confederates dug in at Rich Mountain and Laurel Hill, more than 25 miles south, to stop an invasion by Union Gen. George McClellan.

McClellan's victory at Rich Mountain on July 11 forced Gen. Garnett to abandon Laurel Hill. That night, Garnett and 3,500 Confederates marched south toward Beverly. Fearing a trap, they turned northeast in a daring bid to escape.

Union Gen. Thomas Morris' brigade gave chase. Slowed by muddy roads and river crossings, Gen. Garnett's army made a gallant stand to rescue their wagons less than on mile south on Shavers Fork.

Breaking off the fight, they retreated downstream to nearby Corricks Ford, where Garnett was killed on July 13, 1861 - the first Civil War general to fall. His Confederates fled in disarray to Highland County, Virginia. Events here made Gen. McClellan a national hero and bolstered West Virginia statehood in 1863.
 
Marker series.
Corricks Ford Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Corricks Ford Battlefield Marker
This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
 
Location. 39° 5.391′ N, 79° 40.832′ W. Marker is in Parsons, West Virginia, in Tucker County. Marker is on Poplar Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the parking area for the Corricks Ford Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Parsons WV 26287, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Corrick House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corricks Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Corricks Ford Battlefield (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Corricks Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Corrick's Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Corricks Ford Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); Parsons / Corrick's Ford (approx. 0.4 miles away); Williams v. Board of Education Case (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parsons.
 
More about this marker. In the upper portion of the marker are portraits of Gen. Garnett and McClellan. Also in the upper center is a campaign map indicating the routes taken by the Confederates in retreat and the Federals in pursuit, bringing them to Corrick's Ford. In the lower portion of the marker
Corricks Ford Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Corricks Ford Battlefield Park
The West Virginia Allegheny Highlands Trail passes through the battlefield park.
is a map showing the key points in the battlefield park, titled Corricks Ford Battlefield Master Plan.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Corricks Ford Battlefield by Markers
 
Also see . . .  Corricks Ford Land In West Va. To Be A Park. An article from Civil War News in 2008 discussing the establishment of the park and goals to improve the area. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,629 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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