Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Unger's Crossroads Bivouacs
—Jackson's Bath-Romney Campaign —
Along the stream behind you and on the bluff’s in front of you, a Confederate army of 8,500 men twice bivouacked during the Bath-Romney Campaign, on January 2 and January 7-13, 1862. The first bivouac occurred as Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s men marched from Winchester to attack the Federal garrison at Bath (present day Berkeley Springs).
After several days of fighting and tearing up Baltimore and Ohio Railroad track, Jackson’s army returned here on January 7 to rest before marching west to Romney. The weather deteriorated, inflicting hardship on both men and animals. The 8,500-man army bivouacked here for almost a week while the horses pulling the wagons
Hundreds of wagons and horses, thousands of men, and relentless snow and rain quickly turned these fields into a quagmire that the soldiers sarcastically named Camp Mud. After three days, Jackson moved the camp half a mile to the northeast, and the men of the 33rd Virginia Infantry promptly named it Camp No Better. While his men lay in the mud exposed to the elements, Jackson enjoyed the hospitality and warmth of Oakleigh Manor (the large house on the hill in front of you), the home of Washington Unger, a local businessman and politician.
During the campaign, some 2,000 men, or almost a quarter of Jackson’s force, became casualties not of bullets but illness Many became sick during the miserable bivouac here and slowly staggered back to Winchester in small groups. An unknown number died of pneumonia and other diseases related to extreme exposure.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 26.166′ N, 78° 15.288′ W. Marker is in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Ungers Store Road and Winchester Grade Road (County Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley Springs WV 25411, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oriskany Sand (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fight at Bloomery Gap (approx. 7.2 miles away); Hampshire County / Virginia (approx. 7.9 miles away); Bloomery Iron Furnace / Bloomery Gap Skirmish (approx. 8.1 miles away); “Caudy’s Castle” (approx. 8.9 miles away); Gerrardstown (approx. 9.6 miles away); Gerard House (approx. 9.6 miles away); Mill Creek Baptist Church (approx. 9.7 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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