Huntington in Cabell County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Guyandotte
When they and the reinforcements landed here, they heard stories of an alleged “massacre” from wounded survivors who had evaded capture. They also learned of collaboration between pro-secessionist residents and the Confederate cavalrymen. The troops’ and Union sympathizers’ rage boiled over. An officer, perhaps Col. John L. Ziegler, issued orders to burn Guyandotte.
Only a few dwellings, such as the Keenan House and the Crawley House, survived the fire. The town’s most prominent secessionists received special attention from the fire-setters. Soldiers knocked on doors demanding that residents vacate, sometimes allowing them to bring along their valuables. The business section of Guyandotte was completely
Notable buildings that were torched include Buffington Mill (reportedly the largest flour mill on the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh), the Forest Hotel, and Guyandotte Baptist Church. The entire town would have been burned, except that Union Col. William Bolles finally persuaded the soldiers to stop the destruction.
(lower left) Guyandotte’s cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Cabell County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the area’s early settlers, as well as several American Revolutionary soldiers, are buried there.
(upper right) The Federal style Keenan House is one the oldest buildings in Guyandotte. It was constructed before 1840.
(upper left) A waterside town burning during the war, Harper’s Weekly, Aug. 31, 1861
(lower right) Bow gun on a steamer — 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° 25.723′ N, 82° 23.399′ W. Marker is in Huntington, West Virginia, in Cabell Touch for map. The marker is located in the backyard of the Madie Carroll House. 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. A different marker also named Battle of Guyandotte (here, next to this marker); Madie Carroll House (a few steps from this marker); Guyandotte (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Virginia Colored Children's Home (approx. 1½ miles away); War Between the States Generals (approx. 1.8 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.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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