Astride the Road from Nowhere

Astride the Road from Nowhere (HM13IN)

Location: Huttonsville, WV 26273 Randolph County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 37.368', W 79° 52.757'

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"Our tents were pitched on a rocky point with a fine forest on every side and a magnificent view of the Alleghenies on front of us, a beautiful romantic, though desolate spot." - William Houghton, 14th Indiana Infantry, July 16, 186 Indiana Historical Society

The primeval wilds of Cheat Mountain greeted Union soldiers. The land was dominated by tall red spruce and impenetrable rhododendron thickets. Federal troops built the fort on the appropriated farm of Southern sympathizer Mathias White. Awe of their surroundings was soon replaced by the drudgery and monotony of camp life.

Heavy rains regularly reduced roads and campgrounds to deep mud. The constant dampness destroyed soldier's clothes and tents, and provisions were often in short supply. Disease and body lice were rampant throughout the camp; those patrolling outside the walls risked attack from guerrillas. An instance of mutiny arose among some men. The winter of 1861-1862 brought deadly cold and heavy snow, isolating the fort.
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HM NumberHM13IN
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Placed ByUS Forest Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:26am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 597559 N 4275515
Decimal Degrees38.62280000, -79.87928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 37.368', W 79° 52.757'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 37' 22.08" N, 79° 52' 45.42" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3801-3851 Forest Rd 245, Huttonsville WV 26273, US
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