Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
War At The Front Door
During the war, Adam B.D. Littlepage and his wife Rebecca Littlepage owned the property. According to local tradition, Wise wanted to use the house as his headquarters, but Rebecca Littlepage refused. When the famously short-tempered Wise threatened to blow up the house, she stood staunchly on the front porch, surrounded by her six children. Nobody was willing to fire artillery at a woman and her children, and so the house was spared.
Although the house survived, the property suffered extensive damage during the war. Troops dismantled fences and outbuildings for firewood and consumed or confiscated the farm’s livestock. To make matters worse, Adam Littlepage was killed while
(Sidebar): The Federal-style house was built in 1845 for Robert Thornton. In 1848, he sold it and the property to Adam B.D. Littlepage and his wife Rebecca Wood Littlepage.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 22.446′ N, 81° 39.9′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street (U.S. 60) and Cairns Court, on the right when traveling south on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1809 Washington Street, Charleston WV 25312, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baptism By Fire (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of Charleston (approx. 1.4 miles away); Indian Mound (approx. 1.8 miles away); Military Occupation (approx. 2.1 miles away); Presidential Presence (approx. 2.1 miles away); State Capitol Battle of Charleston (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Block (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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