“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Camp Washington

Strategic Position

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By Bernard Fisher, March 12, 2015
1. Camp Washington Marker
Inscription. In 1861, during the early part of the Civil War, Union Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley established Camp Washington here on the Washington Bottom Farm to secure the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in this area. Located between Romney and Cumberland, Maryland, the site was close to the wire bridge over the South Branch of the Potomac River. Despite the large Federal presence here and elsewhere, Confederate raiders struck periodically along the lengthy rail line. Troops from both sides moved periodically through Romney, and Confederate forces occasionally occupied this campsite.

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,
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By Bernard Fisher, March 12, 2015
2. Camp Washington Marker
not to regard himself or our friends, but to serve our country in this time of peril. …His country has lost the services of a brave man with a strong arm, which he proved upon her enemies in losing his life. …He was buried with all the honors of war, and never was greater respect paid to the memory of one man; it was indeed a triumph of his bravery. I had him buried in a beautiful cemetery in Romney.”
— Turner Ashby to his sister Dora, Camp Washington, July 7, 1861

(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
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By Bernard Fisher, March 12, 2015
3. Camp Washington Marker
are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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 338 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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