Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Battle of Charleston
—Jenkins's Raid —
As Confederate Gen. Albert G. Jenkins conducted his raid through western Virginia, Union Col. Joseph A.J. Lightburn began consolidating scattered Federal forces to defend important positions and resources. Not only Jenkins, but also Confederate Gen. William W. Loring, acting in concert with Jenkins, threatened Union positions. Leading a combined command of infantry, cavalry, and horse artillery, Loring struck at Federal forces in the Kanawha River Valley.
On September 13, 1862, part of Loring’s force caught up with Lightburn here as the Federals withdrew through Charleston and down the valley. A Confederate detachment under Col. John McCausland occupied the high ground across the river from here and posted cannons on the heights west of the present I-64 bridge. Under artillery
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 21.498′ N, 81° 38.988′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is at the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard (U.S. 60) and Ohio Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Kanawha Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 Kanawha Boulevard, Charleston WV 25302, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Military Occupation (approx. ¾ mile away); Presidential Presence (approx. ¾ mile away); Baptism By Fire (approx. 0.8 miles away); State Capitol (approx. Battle of Charleston (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Block (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Block (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Gas Well (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 3. submitted on September 10, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.