Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Wire Bridge Engagement
Federal Attack on Romney
Johns, however, encountered stiff resistance her. He reported that Confederates had entrenched “riflemen on an eminence immediately fronting the suspension bridge. Captain Alexander Shaw, of Company A, who led the advance of the column to this point, was with his company, directed to lead the way across the bridge, at a double quick step. … About half way across the bridge, [Shaw] discovered that a portion of the plank flooring on the further side had been removed. The enemy on discovering the movement, open fire by volley, killing one and wounding six of my men, causing the company to seek shelter behind the parapets of the bridge.”
When Johns heard Kelley’s guns firing as the general
Kelley’s troops occupied Romney until January 10, 1862, when they retreated to Cumberland, Maryland, over this bridge as Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson approached from Winchester.
(lower left) Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley Courtesy Library of Congress
(Top center) “Gen. Kelley’s troops crossing the long bridge, near Romney, on his retreat to Cumberland,” from New York Illustrated News, 1862 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° 25.552′ N, 78° 42.94′ 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 are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the Camp Washington (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 299 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.