Bloomery in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fight at Bloomery Gap
A Futile Aﬀair
Sencendiver hastily ordered the wagons packed and sent east, while posting the 31st Virginia Infantry to block Landerís advance. Lander led the charge of part of the 1st West Virginia Cavalry, overrunning and scattering the Virginians and capturing many officers and men as well as the wagon train. Sencendiver rallied the 67th and 78th Regiments, however, and recaptured the wagons. The Federals returned to Paw Paw while the Confederates marched to Pughtown, leaving the railroad and telegraph lines open for the day. Sencendiver soon reoccupied the gap.
Except for the loss of 67 officers and men as prisoners,
(Sidebar): Gen. Frederick W. Lander (1821-1862), a native of Salem, Massachusetts, was a civil engineer who surveyed the Lander Road from the Wyoming Territory to the Oregon Territory. The road was completed in 1859. When the war began, he served first as an aide to Gen. George B. McClellan, then obtained a generalís commission and proved himself a capable leader. He was also an accomplished poet. Lander was severely wounded on October 27, 1861, at the Battle of Ballís Bluff in Virginia but continued to serve until he died.
Erected 2010 by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 23.24′ N, 78° 22.448′ W. Marker is in Bloomery, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker Touch for map. The marker is located at on the grounds of the Bloomery Presbyterian Church. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomery WV 26817, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bloomery Iron Furnace / Bloomery Gap Skirmish (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hampshire County / Virginia (approx. 2.1 miles away); “Caudyís Castle” (approx. 2.5 miles away); Pinoak Fountain (approx. 5.5 miles away); Northwestern Turnpike (approx. 7 miles away); Fort Edwards (approx. 7 miles away); Frederick County Va. / West Virginia (approx. 7.2 miles away in Virginia); Camp Mud (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomery.
More about this marker. On the upper right of the marker is a sketch captioned, Federal cavalry charge, Harper's Weekly, Feb. 8, 1862. The sidebar on the lower left features a portrait captioned, Gen. Frederick W. Lander Courtesy Rick Wolfe.
Also see . . . Official Reports of Gen. Lander and Col. Sencendiver. (Submitted on May 8, 2010.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,835 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 8, 2010. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.