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Cleveland in Upshur County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Kesler's Raid

Capture of Upshur County Militia

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 2, 2012
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Inscription. In September 1863, Confederate Maj. Joseph K. Kesler, 19th Virginia Cavalry, led a raid from Pocahontas County through Upshur County and Centerville (present-day Rock Cave). On September 2, Keslerís commander, Col. William L. Jackson, ordered him “with 200 men on foot, to proceed to Sutton and capture the force there and then return.”

As Kesler made his way back to Pocahontas County from Sutton, he swept through Upshur County and, on September 12, captured Capt. Daniel Gouldís company of Upshur County militia at Centerville. Gouldís company was stationed at Centerville to protect the intersection of the Buckhannon and Little Kanawha Turnpike with the Hacker Valley Road. Allegedly Gould surrendered without firing a shot. The Confederates burned the nearby fortification as they marched away with their prisoners.

Of the seventy militiamen whom Kesler captured here, seven subsequently escaped, and twenty-five were paroled. For the remaining forty-three, however, the outcome was grim. They died in a variety of Confederate prisoner-of-war camps, including those at Belle Isle (Richmond), Virginia; Salisbury, North Carolina; and Andersonville, Georgia.

Keslerís “successful scout” earned him a letter of commendation from Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones on September 19. Jones conveyed to Kesler “his
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By Don Morfe, August 2, 2012
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high appreciation of the gallantry, skill, and enterprise displayed by him in this expedition. The courage and good conduct of the officers and men deserve and receive the highest commendation. If all our soldiers emulate their good example, we shall ever be able to meet our barbarous foe with the confidence of victory.”
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 50.43′ N, 80° 20.322′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, West Virginia, in Upshur County. Marker is at the intersection of Ireland - Rock Cave Road (State Highway 20) and Flatwood Run Road (County Route 20/13) on Ireland - Rock Cave Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland WV 26215, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Upshur Militia (here, next to this marker); Fort Pickens / Engagements of Co. A (approx. 6.7 miles away); McClellan's Buckhannon Camp (approx. 11.7 miles away); Jenkins in Buckhannon (approx. 11.7 miles away); Helvetia (approx.
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11.9 miles away); Population Center (approx. 11.9 miles away); The History Center (approx. 12 miles away); Lorentz (approx. 12 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Don Morfe, August 2, 2012
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on September 2, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on September 10, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4. submitted on August 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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