Keyser in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Keyser / Averellís Raid
Averellís Raid. Here in 1863 General W. W. Averell started the Federal cavalry raid to Salem, Virginia, and then back into this State. This is among the great exploits of the War. Many of his troopers were from West Virginia.
Erected 1980 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Location. 39° 26.37′ N, 78° 58.599′ W. Marker is in Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is at the intersection of East Piedmont Street and North Davis Street, on the right when traveling north on East Piedmont Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keyser WV 26726, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Potomac State College (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Keyser / Averellís Raid Washingtonís Host (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mayo and Savage (approx. 4.7 miles away); Don Redman (approx. 4.8 miles away); Working Together for the Community (approx. 5 miles away in Maryland); Vandiver - Trout - Clause House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Daniel Cresap (approx. 8.3 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keyser.
More about this marker. An exact duplicate of this marker can be found on S. Mineral Street at Carskadon Lane.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for Keyser, West Virginia. “Because of the importance of the railroad, the town changed hands 14 times. At the time, West Virginia became a state in 1863 there was some contention between Piedmont and New Creek over the location of the county seat. As an inducement to have the county seat (Submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
2. Wikipedia entry for General W. W. Averell. “Averell left the Army of the Potomac after his relief at Chancellorsville and fought a series of minor engagements in the Department of West Virginia at the brigade and division level. In November 1863, he conducted what is called Averellís West Virginia Raid against the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. He received a brevet promotion to lieutenant colonel in the regular army for the Battle of Droop Mountain in West Virginia on November 6, 1863, and to colonel for actions at Salem, Virginia, on December 15, 1863. In the spring of 1864, he led another cavalry raid toward Saltville but was stopped by Generals John Hunt Morgan (Submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.