Grafton in Taylor County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—The First Campaign —
The Northwestern Turnpike ran through town. From here, the Fairmont-Beverly Pike continued south through Philippi and intersected the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike at Beverly. In May 1861, Union troops poured into Grafton to protect the B&O Railroad. Here at the Grafton Hotel, they prepared for the Battle of Philippi.
Grafton was a major supply depot that supported Union troops fighting in Western Virginia. Throughout the Civil War, thousands of troops and tons of war supplies moved through this town. A general military hospital was located in the area of Walnut Street.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trail.
Location. 39° 20.492′ N, 80° 1.324′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grafton WV 26354, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Catholic Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Federal Dam (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Grafton (approx. one mile away); Valley Falls (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Barton Payne (approx. 2.9 miles away); Pruntytown (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grafton.
More about this marker. Marker contains a drawing of the town on the bottom and a map of the area in the upper right showing your location and the location of other nearby Civil War sites on the First Campaign Trail.
Also see . . . Taylor County WV in the Civil War. Excerpt: “While Latham was in Wheeling, two Confederate companies (Submitted on July 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.