Federal Attack on RomneyOn October 24, 1861, Union Gen. Winfield Scott ordered Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley to strengthen his position at New Creek Station (present-day Keyser) on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and then march to Romney and occupy the town. Situated on the North Western Turnpike and the largest town in the South Branch Valley, Romney had strategic importance. Kelley planned a two-pronged attack for October 26. He led the main force from the west on the turnpike, while Col. Thomas Johns, 2nd Regiment Potomac Home Brigade, attacked from the north. Johns was to push across the Wire Bridge here, march south, and strike Romney from the east.
|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||Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 696623 N 4366527|
|Decimal Degrees||39.42586667, -78.71566667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 25.552', W 78° 42.94'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 25' 33.12" N, 78° 42' 56.4" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6129 Cumberland Rd, Springfield WV 26763, US|
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