Ravenswood in Jackson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Springboard for Invasion
—Jenkin's Raid —
As Confederate Gen. Albert G. Jenkins and his cavalrymen approached Ravenswood on September 4, 1862, the outnumbered garrison fled across the Ohio River. Jenkins rested his command here most of the day. Henrietta Fitzhugh Barr, an ardent Confederate supporter, and her mother provided Jenkins and some of his men with food. “About an hour before sunset,” Jenkins later wrote, “I crossed the Ohio [River] … into the State of Ohio, losing one man by being drowned. …
The command was formed on the crest of a gentle eminence and the banners of the Southern Confederacy floated proudly over the soil of our invaders.” Jenkins and his men marched several miles into Ohio, captured some of the Union soldiers who had evacuated Ravenswood, briefly occupied Racine, and
Henrietta Barr soon found her household the object of Federal interest when the Union army reoccupied Ravenswood. One evening she heard a noise downstairs and on going down “found six armed men insulting mother in the grossest manner, insisting with many oaths that she should cook for as many of them as she had done for Jenkins.” As Barr’s cook, Winny, fed
As our flag was unfurled in the splendors of an evening sun cheers upon cheers arose from the men and their enthusiasm was excited to the highest pitch." — Gen. Albert G. Jenkins
the soldiers, six more arrived. After all of them left, while Barr and her mother discussed “the various insults which had been heaped upon us, 12 men came and commanded us to have supper ready for them in an hour … [and were] compelled to submit although it is a hard trial to our patience.”
Erected by West Virginia Division of Tourism.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 56.583′ N, 81° 45.516′ W. Marker is in Ravenswood, West Virginia, in Jackson County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 68 ¼ mile north of U.S. 33, on the Touch for map. The marker stands in front of a museum and alongside a parking lot for the Washington Western Land Park, between WV Route 68 and the Ohio River. Marker is in this post office area: Ravenswood WV 26164, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ravenswood / Ohio River Ford (here, next to this marker); Daniel Frost (a few steps from this marker); Washington’s Lands (approx. 1.3 miles away); Battle of Bluffington Island (approx. 3.1 miles away); Major Daniel McCook (approx. 3.7 miles away in Ohio); Dry Run (approx. 3.7 miles away in Ohio); Old Portland Road (approx. 4.1 miles away in Ohio); First Ohio Invasion (approx. 4.2 miles away in Ohio). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ravenswood.
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Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Albert Jenkins. The article explains some of the major events in his life, including his 1862 Ohio raid. (Submitted on January 10, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.)
2. The Civil War Record of Albert Gallatin Jenkins, C. S. A. This online publication of West Virginia Archives and History details the war record of Albert Jenkins. (Submitted on January 10, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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