Parsons in Tucker County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Corricks Ford Battleﬁeld
First to Fall
—General Garnett at Corricks Ford —
President Jefferson Davis CSA
On July 13, 1861, some 3,500 Confederate soldiers under Gen. Robert S. Garnett crossed Shavers Fork here while chased by Union forces in a desperate bid to stall the enemy, Gen. Garnett posted ten sharpshooters of the 23rd Virginia Infantry behind driftwood along the riverbank.
The general remained here as bullets hissed across the stream. As Garnett turned to give an order, a ball struck him and he toppled from his horse. Federal skirmishers splashed across the ford and found his body among the wildflowers. Robert Garnett was the first general killed during the Civil War.
"A stampede occurred, and our little band rushed across the river, and found the General in the throes of death.. we only paused for a moment and dashed on, horror struck by the deed we had committed."
Henry Wheeler, 7th Indiana Infantry USA
Location. 39° 5.277′ N, 79° 41.106′ W. Marker is in Parsons, West Virginia, in Tucker County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 219), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located along the Allegheny Highlands Trail of West Virginia, in the Corricks Ford Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Parsons WV 26287, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Corricks Ford Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); Corricks Ford (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Corrick's Ford (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Corricks Ford (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Corrick House (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Corricks Ford Battlefield (approx. ¼ mile away); Parsons / Corrick's Ford (approx. 0.6 miles away); Williams v. Board of Education Case (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parsons.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 844 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on June 20, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.