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Huntington in Cabell County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Madie Carroll House

Saved from Destruction

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
1. Madie Carroll House Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, this was the home of Mary Carroll, who narrowly managed to save it from destruction when much of Guyandotte was burned on November 11, 1861.

After capturing the town on November 10, 1861, and rounding up civilian Unionists and Federal recruits, Confederates forces under Col. John Clarkson and Col. Albert G. Jenkins left Guyandotte with their prisoners the next day. As they departed, the steamboat Boston arrived with the 5th (West) Virginia Infantry. When the Federals disembarked, they heard stories of an alleged “massacre” and that pro-secessionist residents had assisted the Confederate cavalrymen. The regimentís commander, Col. John L. Zeigler, is believed to have ordered Guyandotte burned in retaliation.

There are two accounts of how Mary Carroll saved her home. One is that she barricaded herself and her children in the brick kitchen and refused to come out. The other is that she went out into the street and pleaded with the soldiers not to burn her house because her husband was ill inside.

The frustrated soldiers burned the barn at the rear of the house, unaware that the 9th (West) Virginia Infantry had stored supplies in it. In 1892, Mary Carroll filed a claim with the Federal government to be reimbursed for the loss of the barn and a small dwelling located
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By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
2. Madie Carroll House Marker
elsewhere.

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The house was floated down the Ohio River from Gallipolis, Ohio, on a flatboat in 1810. Thomas and Mary Carroll bought it in 1855. Later, it was used as the first Catholic church in Cabell County. The current barn is a replica of an antebellum barn.

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(lower left) Madie Carroll pleading for her house Courtesy the artist Debra Richardson
(upper right) Burning of Madie Carrollís barn Courtesy the artist Debra Richardson
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 25.726′ N, 82° 23.413′ W. Marker is in Huntington, West Virginia, in Cabell County. Marker is on Guyan Street north of 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 234 Guyan Street, Huntington WV 25702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Guyandotte (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Guyandotte (a few steps from this marker); Guyandotte (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Virginia Colored Children's Home
Madie Carroll House-Painting on wall across the street image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
3. Madie Carroll House-Painting on wall across the street
(approx. 1.5 miles away); War Between the States Generals (approx. 1.7 miles away); Marshall Memorial Boulevard (Charleston Ave) (approx. 1.9 miles away); Marshall Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); One Room School Museum (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntington.
 
Also see . . .  The Madie Carroll House Preservation Society, Inc. (Submitted on May 14, 2014.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Madie Carroll House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
4. Madie Carroll House Marker
This marker is located in the B&O Museum in Heriage Park, Huntington--It had an error and was not used.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 424 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4. submitted on May 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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