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Hillsboro in Pocahontas County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry

C.S.A.

 

—Maj. William Blessing —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, August 10, 2010
1. 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry Marker
Inscription. First stationed across the highway and on the extreme right of the Confederate line, the 23rd Battalion was later moved to support the 19th Va. Cavalry on the left flank. After an initial charge that temporarily halted the Federal advance, the 23rd slowly fell back to a fence bordering this field. Here they were reinforced by men from the 22nd Va. Infantry and the 14th Va. Cavalry, but to no avail. Overwhelmed by the Union advance, they were driven back to the highway.
 
Location. 38° 6.881′ N, 80° 16.147′ W. Marker is in Hillsboro, West Virginia, in Pocahontas County. Marker can be reached from Seneca Trail (U.S. 219) near George Hill Road (County Route 24/1). Touch for map. This marker is located near Park Headquarters in Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro WV 24946, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle At Droop Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); John D. Baxter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lieut. Henry Bender (about 400 feet away); 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry (about 600 feet away); 2nd West Virginia Mounted Infantry
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By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
2. 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry Marker
(about 600 feet away); 20th Virginia Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chapman’s, Jackson’s, and Lurty’s Virginia Batteries (approx. 0.2 miles away); 22nd Virginia Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsboro.
 
Also see . . .
1. Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. (Submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Droop Mountain. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. What is the date of this battle
My great-great great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin White, was in the 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry. Started as a private, became a seargent, and flag bearer. Was wounded and taken prisoner at Winchester in September 1864. I had not known of this engagement of the 23rd prior to seeing this. Can anyone provide the date? My father's hometown is Richwood, WVA, not far from this location.

Editor's Note: According to the nearby marker, The Battle At Droop Mountain, this battle occured on November 6, 1863. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted August 17, 2010, by Robert John White of Lady Lake, Florida.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 995 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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