Near Lost City in Hardy County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Home of James W. Wood
When the war began in 1861, James Wood was fifteen years old; his mother died when he was twelve. He lived at Woodlawn with his father, two younger brothers, a grandmother, and a cousin. Wood’s father cultivated 750 out of his 2,250 acres, utilizing the labor of his slaves, two families totaling nine people. They raised cattle, sheep, and hogs and grew wheat, cotton, and burley tobacco for cigars. As a boy, James Wood learned to ride, shoe horses, repair wagons, and handle firearms—skills that served him well in the cavalry. Confederate cavalrymen owned their own mounts and equipment and frequently (especially late in the war) returned home as did Wood to acquire fresh horses. Wood also came back here more than once to recuperate from wounds and illnesses.
After the war, he attended Washington College in Lexington,
“4 Feb. 1864. Yankees advance on [Gen. Jubal A.] Early and [Gen. Thomas L.] Rosser at Moorefield. ... [Rosser] retreated by Harpers and Early by Mathias’ [and] arrived safely in the valley. The Yankees shelled the woods for Six hours but hurt no one, the[re] being no one there to hurt. They then retreated to Romney stealing a great number of horses ... and in some instances all the bacon from the Citizens. Taking as usual all the ladies’ clothes and Jewelry of Value that they could get.” —James W Wood, diary, on nearby military actions
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Location. 38° 56.405′ N, 78° 48.993′ W. Marker is near Lost City, West Virginia, in Hardy County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 259 south of Dove Hollow Road (Local Route 14), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. It
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lost River (approx. one mile away); James Ward Wood (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lost River’s First Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Howard's Lick/Jackson Home (approx. 4.9 miles away); Oriskany Sand (approx. 9.4 miles away); Mill Island (approx. 10.3 miles away); Frémont's Camp (approx. 11.2 miles away); Cemetery Hill (approx. 11.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lost City.
More about this marker. There are two photographs on the marker. At the lower left is a portrait of James Ward Wood and at the upper right is a photograph captioned “Old image of Woodlawn.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 4. submitted on November 14, 2011, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania.