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Near Belington in Barbour County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Laurel Hill

Confederate Encampment, 1861

 
 
Laurel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
1. Laurel Hill Marker
Inscription. Soldiers of the Confederate Army of the Northwest occupied this ground from June 16 to July 11, 1861. Led by General Robert S. Garnett, a West Point instructor of tactics, they dug fortifications on the Mustoe farm to block the Beverly-Fairmont Turnpike, an important north-south road.

General Garnett's headquarters tent stood in a maple grove nearby. Here raw volunteers went through rigorous drill and instruction. These Confederates consisted of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, mostly from Virginia.

A notable exception was the First Georgia Infantry Regiment. More than 1,000 strong and led by a snappy fife and drum corps, they boasted imported uniforms, silver settings, and slaves to attend every need. One Virginia colonel thought they came "rather for a holiday than for real war."

"I feel as if I was in an unknown land, being not accustomed to the continual roll of drums, martial law, and the gleam of bayonets."
John B. Pendleton, 23rd Virginia Infantry C.S.A.

"On a bench extending from the side of Laurel Hill, they have constructed a bomb-proof redoubt of logs and on the left flank they have three long rifle pits... Four old fashioned cannon, commanding the front and side approaches, are mounted in the fort... The timber in front of their position a half mile square has been felled, so that
Map of the Camp image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
2. Map of the Camp
Map of Camp Laurel Hill drawn by Union spy William Fletcher.
the country, excepting the roads, which are enfiladed by their pieces, is almost impassable."

Correspondent to the Cincinnati Commercial
 
Location. 39° 0.55′ N, 79° 54.7′ W. Marker is near Belington, West Virginia, in Barbour County. Marker can be reached from Laurel Mountain Road (County Route 15), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Laurel Hill Camp beside the Mill Creek Reservoir. Marker is in this post office area: Belington WV 26250, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Laurel Hill (about 700 feet away); Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Camp Laurel Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cannons (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Laurel Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Forced Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belington.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a portrait of John Pendleton, an illustration of a Confederate soldier, and a map of the camp.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Laurel Hill. Web site with details of the battle. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Laurel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
3. Laurel Hill Marker
 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Camp Laurel Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
4. Camp Laurel Hill
Open field on the slopes of the ridge once occupied by the Confederates.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 852 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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