Napier in Braxton County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Battle of Bulltown
“Come and take us”
On October 13, Confederate Col. William L. “Mudwall” Jackson attacked the fortifications at 4:30 A.M. with about 700 men of the 19th and 20 Virginia Cavalry and two guns of Capt. Warren S. Lurty’s battery. Mattingly’s pickets fired from the first fortification in front of you and then retreated to the main position and fired another volley that stalled Jackson’s attack. Jackson demanded that the Federals surrender, but Mattingly refused: “I told them to come and take us.” After Mattingly was wounded in the thigh late in the morning, Capt. James L. Simpson, Co. C, 11th West Virginia, took command. He rebuffed another surrender demand, telling Jackson “I’ll fight you till hell freezes over and if need be retreat on the ice.” The fighting continued until 4:30 P.M., when Jackson retreated, having run low on ammunition.
The Federals had two men wounded---one of them Mattingly, who survived---and none killed. Jackson
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 47.58′ N, 80° 33.696′ W. Marker is in Napier, West Virginia, in Braxton County. Marker is on Millstone Run Road (County Route 19/12). Touch for map. Marker is located in the Bulltown Historic District. Marker is in this post office area: Napier WV 26631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bulltown / Bulltown Battle (approx. half a mile away); Fort Pickens / Engagements of Co. A (approx. 6.8 miles away); Town of Burnsville (approx. 7.1 miles away); Braxton County/Gilmore County (approx. 9.6 miles away); The War and Suttonville (approx. 11.9 miles away); The Burning of Suttonville (approx. 12.1 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 671 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.