Destruction of Saltpeter Works

Destruction of Saltpeter Works (HM2CHN)

Location: Franklin, WV 26807 Pendleton County
Country: United States of America
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N 38° 36.203', W 79° 22.272'

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A key component of gun powder,the saltpeter mined near Franklin was of great importance to the South during the Civil War. On August 19, 1863, during his raid of Pendleton and surrounding counties, Union Gen. William W. Averell destroyed the valuable works. Seven months later, on March 3, 1864, Lt. Col. Augustus Roots, 15 NY Cavalry, destroyed the rebuilt works.
Year Placed2016
Placed ByWest Virginia Archives & History
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Date Added Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 641828 N 4274023
Decimal Degrees38.60338333, -79.37120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 36.203', W 79° 22.272'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 36' 12.18" N, 79° 22' 16.32" W
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Area Code(s)304
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near U.S. Hwy 220, Franklin WV 26807, US
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