A Futile AffairEarly in 1862, Confederate raids and attacks put Hampshire County and much of the surrounding area under nominal Southern control. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and nearby telegraph wires were severed, impeding Federal troop movements. A militia brigade under Col. Jacob Sencendiver, 67th Virginia Militia, occupied Bloomery Gap to threaten the railroad and Union-occupied territory near the Potomac River. To drive them out, Gen. Frederick W. Lander led a mixed force of infantry and cavalry south from Paw Paw, Morgan County, on the afternoon of February 13. He intended to strike Sencendiver's position at dawn the next morning, but bad weather and high water delayed him long enough for the Confederate pickets to give warning.
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|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||Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:58am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 726149 N 4363050|
|Decimal Degrees||39.38733333, -78.37413333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 23.24', W 78° 22.448'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 23' 14.40" N, 78° 22' 26.88" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 4842-4898 Bloomery Pike, Capon Bridge WV 26711, US|
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