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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Keyser, West Virginia
Location of Keyser, West Virginia
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|Armstrong Mansion (also known as the Davis Mansion). The Armstrong family left Keyser because of Southern ties. This home was used by the Union Army during the Civil War. It was later sold to Thomas Davis. Two of Keyser's streets were . . . — — Map (db m152790) HM|
|WV became a border state in 1863 when it separated from Virginia. The Mineral County Courthouse was completed in 1868 after Mineral County was created from Hampshire County. This area around the Court House became the Town Square. The Court House is . . . — — Map (db m152821) HM|
|Old Union Blacksmith Shop on East Street was on this Square, as well as a second one located at 107 West Street. The first school building built for white children stood where the Magistrate Court Annex is now located on West Street. About 1870 a . . . — — Map (db m152820) HM|
You will enter the Continent of Europe and…undertake operations aimed at the heart of Germany and the destruction of her armed forces.
Mission statement to General Eisenhower
The Germans had . . . — — Map (db m152801) HM
The final defeat of the enemy, which we had long calculated would be accomplished in the spring and summer campaign of 1945, was suddenly, now, just around the corner.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
. . . — — Map (db m152819) HM
|Former Keyser High School Was built near the site of the Armstrong/Davis Mansion. During the Civil War, a confederate soldier was buried on the grounds of the Armstrong Mansion to keep his body from lying in the street. — — Map (db m152791) HM|
|Built in 1862 as a Union defensive fortification to guard the railroad and New Creek. It was threatened on August 4, 1864, when Confederate Gen. John McCausland's cavalry rode on town. Fighting with Union troops began on outskirts and Confederate . . . — — Map (db m152788) HM|
|Explains Keyser changed hands 14 times during the Civil War (although the South only held it once for a period of 5 hours in 1864). The other side explains it was a training and staging area for Averill's Rangers, with troops deployed from here. — — Map (db m152789) HM|
Born in Keyser, West Virginia
Jonah Edward Kelley
April 13, 1923 - January 31, 1945 — — Map (db m152810) WM|
This Memorial is to pay tribute to Keyser's Medal of Honor recipient Jonah Edward Kelley. Born and raised in this area, Ed Kelley represented the best of West Virginia—character, values, hard work and sheer determination to do what's . . . — — Map (db m152792) HM|
Two Armies, two objectives, one piece of ground... Kesternich
The Allied Army
While Berlin was the political heart of Germany, the Ruhr Industrial Valley — with its coal mines, blast furnaces, . . . — — Map (db m152803) HM
|Keyser. Between 1861–1865, Keyser, then New Creek, was sought by the North and South. It changed hands fourteen times. Fort Fuller, where Potomac State Collect stands, was supported by a series of forts girding the town.
Averell’s . . . — — Map (db m32832) HM|
| Keyser. Between 1861–1865, Keyser, then New Creek, was sought by the North and South. It changed hands fourteen times. Fort Fuller, where Potomac State Collect stands, was supported by a series of forts girding the town.
Averell’s . . . — — Map (db m32836) HM|
|World War II
Baker, Kenneth W.
Barr, Woodrow W.
Barrick, Robert E.
Becker, Eugene W.
Broome, Earnest K.
Carr, Paul R.
Coffman, Ralph S.
Compton, Donald R.
Davis, Leroy . . . — — Map (db m139062) WM|
|Chartered, Feb. 15, 1901, as Keyser Preparatory Branch of West Virginia University. Became Potomac State School, 1921; Potomac State School of West Virginia University, 1935; Potomac State (junior) College, West Virginia University, 1953. — — Map (db m36837) HM|
The Rhineland Campaign, January 1945
If I were asked what campaign in the war brought me the greatest professional pride, I would point unhesitatingly to this one.
General Omar Bradley, Commander, 12th Army . . . — — Map (db m152808) HM
|The Aftermath of Kesternich
The reason for fighting over Kesternich was so fierce became evident upon Ed Kelley's death and the final taking of the town — US artillery observers found they could direct observed fire on . . . — — Map (db m152815) HM|
"No battle has ever been fought that tried harder the souls of men than this battle for Kesternich"
Official History of the 78th Division
For the US, the task was "the most vital at that time on the entire . . . — — Map (db m152813) HM
Hitler had decided to make one final attempt for victory, using his best SS troops — the ones with the highest moral — to cut the Allied forces in two. He chose the Ardennes Forest, knowing US Forces would not expect an attack there. . . . — — Map (db m152807) HM|
"The whole Allied force is delighted to cheer the U.S. First Army whose speed and boldness have won the race to establish our first bridgehead over the Rhine. Please tell all ranks how proud I am."
Eisenhower . . . — — Map (db m152816) HM
"Rounding the bend in the road, he emerged from the woods and found himself confronted by a breath-taking view - - the prize no man dared hope for - - the Ludendorff Bridge, still intact, spanning the Rhine." This is how Ken Heckler military . . . — — Map (db m152817) HM|
When the Germans tried to frantically reset the charges, American assertiveness took over. The on-scene commander, LT Timmerman began to send his men up onto the Bridge. He followed, right behind the first few men. One soldier, Joe DeLisio, moved . . . — — Map (db m152818) HM|
Ghostly, almost supernatural, Kesternich was beginning to acquire legend. There was no hope, just death lurking in every shadow, every hollow, every house.
Official History of the 78th Division . . . — — Map (db m152804) HM
"Single handedly, Kelley shortened the war in Germany by several months."
General Dwight David Eisenhower
In charge of the leading squad of Company E, he heroically spearheaded the attack in . . . — — Map (db m152812) HM
|Located on West Piedmont Street, built soon after the Civil War. This was the training grounds of the Paddytown Battalion and Union troops whose tents were located in this end of town. — — Map (db m153159) HM|
|At Reese’s Mill, ruins of the home of Abraham Johnson, who entertained George Washington and surveying party in 1748. Johnson appeared in Patterson Creek Valley between 1735 and 1740 and in 1750 became an official of the Ohio Company. — — Map (db m94023) HM|
"The Mountain State"—western part of the Commonwealth of Virginia until June 20, 1863. Settled by Germans and Scotch-Irish. It became a line of defense between the English and French during . . . — — Map (db m139061) HM|
1938: Hitler annexes Austria, occupies Czechoslovakia
1939: Germans Blitzkrieg of Poland, Russia invades Finland
1940: Germany seizes, Denmark, Norway, France, Balkans
1941: Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. Germany invades Russia. . . . — — Map (db m152795) HM|