Confederate and Union HeadquartersDuring his and Gen. Henry Alexander Wise's unsuccessful Kanawha Valley campaign, Confederate Gen. John B. Floyd made his headquarters here, August 17-18, 1861, while Wise camped on the top of Big Sewell Mountain. In 1862, according to an inscription carved over the front door, the tavern was "Headquarters of the Chicago Gray Dragoons". The original Chicago Dragoons enlisted in April 1861 for three months and were sent to West Virginia in June. Most of the men returned to Chicago when their enlistments expired, but their captain, Charles W. Barker, recruited two companies called the McClellan Dragoons. After November 1862, they became Cos. H and I, 12 Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. Besides serving as a headquarters for both sides during the war, according to local tradition, the Tyree Tavern also served as a hospital.
|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 1:42pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 491709 N 4220764|
|Decimal Degrees||38.13470000, -81.09460000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 8.082', W 81° 5.676'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 8' 4.92" N, 81° 5' 40.56" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 23 Tyree St, Ansted WV 25812, US|
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