Grafton in Taylor County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown
to the memory of
Co. B. 2nd Va. Vol. Inf.
First Union soldier killed
in the Civil War.
He lost his life on this spot
May 22, 1861.
Erected May 16, 1928 by
Betsy Ross Tent No. 10
West Virginia Department,
Daughters of Union Veterans
of the Civil War
Erected 1928 by Betsy Ross Tent No. 10
West Virginia Department, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Location. 39° 21.184′ N, 80° 2.602′ W. Marker is in Grafton, West Virginia, in Taylor County. Marker is on Pike Street (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the west entrance to Grafton, just before the bridge over Tygart Valley River. Marker is in this post office area: Grafton WV 26354, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Valley Falls (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Catholic Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Grafton (approx. 1.4 miles away); The First Campaign (approx. 1½ miles away); Federal Dam (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different Grafton (approx. 2.2 miles away); John Barton Payne (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pruntytown (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grafton.
More about this marker. This is the Fetterman area of Grafton. It was a separate town during the Civil War.
Also see . . .
1. Grafton National Cemetery. Brown is buried in nearby Grafton National Cemetery. (Submitted on January 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. One Account of Brown's Death - Taylor County in the Civil War. Several different versions of the events surrounding Brown's death exist. The one cited here involves Brown returning from a recruiting event and being confronted by Confederate pickets. A pistol fight ensued, somewhat akin to a classic old Western movie gunfight. (Submitted on January 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Another Account of Brown's Death. From the West Virginia Historical Society, this article offers a different version. Brown was part of a patrol or reconnaissance to determine the strength of Confederate forces on the other side of the river. Brown fired upon Confederate pickets and was in turn shot by them. (Submitted on January 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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