Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
John B. White House
—Jackson's Bath-Romney Campaign —
Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson made his headquarters here in John Baker White’s brick house on January 14, 1862. When Union Gen Frederick W. Lander’s forces evacuated Romney on January 10 as Jackson approached, they left behind $60,000 worth of stores as well as fully stocked camps, including their tents. Jackson’s men, who had suffered from extreme cold and heavy snow throughout the campaign, appreciated access to warm, dry clothing and rations.
While Jackson occupied White’s house, he laid plans to pursue the Federal force and telegraphed the Confederate War Department to request additional troops, including cavalry. He hoped to capture Cumberland, Maryland,
Jackson and the brigade departed Romney on January 23 for Winchester. Loring began undermining Jackson’s reputation with the War Department, and on January 31, Jackson received a telegram from Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin outside military channels directing him to order Loring to leave Romney. Outraged at the breach of protocol and blatant interference, Jackson resigned but eventually was persuaded to remain in service.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 20.454′ N, 78° 45.216′ W. Marker is in Romney, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. W. Va School for the Deaf and Blind (within shouting distance of this marker); Romney In The Civil War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grapeshot Among the Pines (about 600 feet away); Hampshire County World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Literary Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Romney / Early Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hampshire County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Romney in 1861–1865 / “Stonewall” Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Romney.
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 624 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on September 10, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.