Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Lt. Col. Turner Ashby, 7th Virginia Cavalry, established his headquarters here early in the summer of 1861, after Federal forces temporarily withdrew. His younger brother, Richard Ashby, died here from wounds sustained in an engagement on Kelly’s Island on the Potomac River on June 28. Turner Ashby took his brother’s death hard, and his grief intensified his determination to fight. Almost a year later, on June 6, 1862, Turner Ashby was killed in action south of Harrisonburg, Virginia. His remains lie in Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia. At first Richard Ashby was buried in Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney, but after the war his body was disinterred and re-buried beside his brother.
“Poor Dick went into the war like myself,
(top center) Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley; Gen. Turner Ashby Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower right) Civil War camp, 1861 - 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. 39° 25.551′ N, 78° 42.941′ W. Marker is in Romney, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is at the intersection of Cumberland Road (West Virginia Route 28) and Long Road (County Route 28/4), on the left when traveling north on Cumberland Road. Touch for map. Located at the south end of the bridge over South Branch Potomac River. Marker is in this post office area: Romney WV 26757, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Wire Bridge Engagement (here, next to this marker); Mount Bethel Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fort Forman (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Guns Of Jacob Sheetz (approx. 4 miles away); Fort Ashby (approx. 6.1 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Ashby (approx. 6.1 miles away); American Discovery Trail (approx. 6.1 miles away); Hampshire County World War I Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Romney.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.