Battle of Pigeon's Roost

Battle of Pigeon's Roost (HMP8W)

Location: Princeton, WV 24740 Mercer County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 21.692', W 81° 6.291'

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Near a hill south of town on May 17, 1862, Confederate troops led by Maj. Peter Otey surprised and routed a Union regiment commanded by Colonel Louis von Blessing. Federal losses were 18 killed, 56 wounded and 14 captured. Confederate losses were 1 killed, 9 wounded and none captured. Confederate dead from this skirmish and other clashes in the Princeton area are buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
HM NumberHMP8W
Year Placed1980
Placed ByWest Virginia Department of Culture and History
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 2:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490715 N 4134984
Decimal Degrees37.36153333, -81.10485000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.692', W 81° 6.291'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 41.52" N, 81° 6' 17.46" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 297-321 S Walker St, Princeton WV 24740, US
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