Wardensville in Hardy County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Crossroads of War
On May 30-31, 1862, the largest number of troops who entered Wardensville during the war — almost 20,000 men under Gen. John C. Frémont — marched by in a steady rain. Frémont and his men were returning to the Shenandoah Valley, from which Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson had driven them earlier in the month, to face him again (and again suffer defeat) at Cross Keys and Port Republic on June 8-9.
Confederate Gen. John D. Imboden's men unsuccessfully attacked a Union supply train moving through here on December 22, 1862, on its way to Winchester with provisions for Gen. Gustave P. Cluseret. Federal forces had recently destroyed Imboden's camp near Moorefield, and he was gathering provisions for the winter.
On August 5, 1863, Union Gen. William W. Averell led a column of cavalry and artillery through town. He was beginning a raid to destroy gunpowder and salt works in Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties. Several times during the war, Confederate Capt. John Hansen McNeill led his
Across the road from you is the Wardensville Cemetery. At least twenty-eight Confederate soldiers and one Union soldier are buried here.
"The citizens of Wardensville were warned that they would be held strictly accountable for any future demonstrations of guerrilla warfare, and plainly informed that they only way in which they could save their houses from conflagration was for them to defend their territory against incursions of all lawless bands of guerrillas."
— Col. Stephen W. Downey, 3rd Maryland Infantry, US.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 4.803′ N, 78° 35.528′ W. Marker is in Wardensville, West Virginia, in Hardy County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 48), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This portion of Route 48 is also WV 55. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 East Main Street, Wardensville WV 26851, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Wardensville (here, next to this marker); Population Center Lost and Found (approx. 3½ miles away); West Virginia / Virginia (approx. 4.2 miles away); Capon Springs (approx. 6.3 miles away); Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Oriskany Sand (approx. 7.4 miles away); Frederick County / Shenandoah County (approx. 8.9 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wardensville.
More about this marker. Marker stands between two older historical markers. They are at the Visitor Center.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2010, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,112 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2010, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 16, 2010, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.