Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Campaign in the Snow
Jackson Captures Bath and Romney
—Jackson's Bath-Romney Campaign —
Jackson’s forces suffered terribly from freezing rain and snow, and an estimated 2,000 soldiers fell, not to bullets, but to sickness and disease. Jackson seized Bath after three running battles and shelling Hancock, Maryland, across the Potomac River. Advancing on Romney, Jackson’s men suffered the worst day of the campaign on January 7, hauling guns and wagons up icy roads and suffering broken arms and legs.
The Federal garrison evacuated Romney on January 10, as the frozen, weary Confederates approached. They entered unopposed on January 14. While the campaign had been a success, illness rendered many men unfit for further service. Squabbles between Jackson and his subordinates—Gens. William W. Loring and Richard B. Garnett---divided and demoralized the command.
"I don't think I was ever more disgusted with the war than then. During this trip my patriotism has at times been put to very severe tests & I am sorry to say has sometimes been at very low ebb." - Confederate Pvt. Randolph Fairfax, Rockbridge Light Artillery
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 37.596′ N, 78° 13.638′ W. Marker is in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairfax Street and North Washington Street (West Virginia Highway 9) on Fairfax Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 92 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs WV 25411, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sons and Daughters of Morgan County (here, next to this marker); Battle for Bath (a few steps from this marker); Morgan County Veteran's Monument (a few steps from this marker); James Muir (within shouting distance of this marker); Berkeley Springs / James Rumsey (within shouting distance of this marker); A Castle Built for Love (within shouting distance of this marker); William Herbert / Dr. John Meade Travers (within shouting distance of this marker); William Ramsey and James Stuart (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley Springs.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 2. submitted on September 10, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.