Barboursville in Cabell County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fighting for the Kanawha Valley
Union Lt. Col George Neff, leading the column from Guyandotte with four companies of Col. William E. Woodruff’s 2nd Kentucky Infantry, confronted a sizeable Confederate force here. Besides county militiamen, two other units defended Barboursville from a hill overlooking the Mud River; the Sandy Rangers, under Capt. James Corns, and the Border Rangers, under Capt. James Ferguson. Albert G. Jenkins, subsequently the commander of the 8th Virginia Infantry and later a general, had recruited the Border Rangers. As the Federals neared the covered bridge, the Confederates opened fire. The Kentuckians fixed bayonets and charged up the hill, driving out the defenders. One of them, who had never seen a bayonet, wrote that "I loaded and fired till the Yankees began to load with butcher knives, then I thought it was time to be going." Casualties were light on both sides. The Federals raised the Stars
(upper right) Lt. Col. George Neff — Courtesy Library of Congress
Gen. Albert G. Jenkins — Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 24.6′ N, 82° 17.7′ W. Marker is in Barboursville, West Virginia, in Cabell County. Marker is on Main Street west of Central Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barboursville WV 25504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barboursville (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Toll House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woody Williams Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); West Virginia Colored Children's Home (approx. 4.3 miles away); Guyandotte (approx. 5.2 miles away); Battle of Guyandotte (approx. 5.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Guyandotte (approx. 5.3 miles away); Madie Carroll House (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barboursville.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.