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West Virginia's
Sesquicentennial
Highway Historical Markers

In 2011 and 2012, Archives and History received $256,000 in grants to create 160 new highway historical markers on the Civil War in West Virginia and the creation of the Mountain State. Funding was provided by the United States Department of Transportation, the West Virginia Division of Highways, and the West Virginia State Legislature. Each county will receive at least two markers. Staff members and interns have worked to determine topics, conduct research, and write the marker texts, calling upon local historical societies for insight when needed. Local groups and regional DOH offices, particularly the district sign shops, have greatly aided Archives and History in placing the new markers in locations that are both appropriate and accessible.

As of August 2017, 120 of the markers had been ordered. As new markers are installed, we will link the text and an image to the titles below.


Barbour County
Benjamin F. Kelley
Hanger’s Limb

Berkeley County
Battle of Hoke’s Run
Belle Boyd
Charles Faulkner

Boone County
Burning of Boone Courthouse
Robert Hager

Braxton County
Burning of Sutton
Skirmish at Salt Lick Bridge

Brooke County
Campbell Tarr
Isaac H. Duvall

Cabell County
John Hunt Oley
John S. Witcher
Raid on Guyandotte/Burning of Guyandotte

Calhoun County
Moccasin Rangers
Perry Hays and George Silcott/Louisa Hays and Amie Silcott

Clay County
Benjamin L. Stephenson

Doddridge County
Chapman J. Stuart
West Union/Skirmish at West Union

Fayette County
Battle of Fayetteville (1862)/Battle of Fayetteville (1863)
Christopher Q. Tompkins/Gauley Mount
Sewell Mountain Campaign

Gilmer County
Raid on Troy
The Gilmer Rifles

Grant County
Fort Mulligan
Petersburg Presbyterian Church

Greenbrier County
Battle of Tuckwiller’s Hill
Samuel Price
The Hanging of David Creigh

Hampshire County
Fort Mill Ridge Trenches
Lew Wallace’s Raid on Romney

Hancock County
James J. Andrews
Morgan’s Raid

Hardy County
Battle of Moorefield
Willow Wall

Harrison County
45th USCT
Clarksburg Convention
Granville Davisson Hall
John S. Carlile
Nathan Goff/Waldomore

Jackson County
Battle of Buffington Island
Daniel Frost

Jefferson County
Battle of Boteler’s Ford
John Yates Beall

Kanawha County
Battle of Charleston
Camp Piatt
Fort Scammon
Birkett Davenport Fry
George W. Summers
William Starke Rosecrans

Lewis County
Pierson’s Rangers
Seizure of Weston Bank Funds

Lincoln County
Skirmish at the Curry Farm

Logan County
Battle of Kanawha Gap
Burning of Logan Courthouse

Marion County
Alpheus F. Haymond/Thomas S. Haymond
Battle of Fairmont
Francis H. Pierpont
Julia Robertson Pierpont

Marshall County
Thomas H. Trainer
Uriah Alley

Mason County
Daniel Haymond Polsley
John Hall
Kellian V. Whaley
William H. Powell

McDowell County
Bushwhackers in McDowell
McDowell in the Civil War

Mercer County
Napoleon Bonaparte French

Mineral County
Fort Fuller/Capture of New Creek
Thomas R. Carskadon

Mingo County
Battle of Beech Creek

Monongalia County
Joseph Snider
Willey Amendment/Willey House

Monroe County
Allen T. Caperton
Confederate Postal Service

Morgan County
Charles T. O’Farrell
Joseph S. Wheat

Nicholas County
Fight at Ramsey’s Fort
Raid on Summersville

Ohio County
Archibald W. Campbell/Wheeling Intelligencer
First State Capitol
Gordon Battelle
Rebecca Harding Davis
Sara Lucy Bagby
The Athenaeum

Pendleton County
Camp Luther
Destruction of Saltpeter Works

Pleasants County
James W. Williamson
Raid on St. Marys

Pocahontas
Battle at Mill Point
Raid on Huntersville

Preston County
Flag Raising
William G. Brown

Putnam County
Battle of Atkeson’s Gate
Winfield/Battle of Winfield

Raleigh County
Alfred Beckley/Wildwood

Randolph County
Laura Jackson Arnold
Rosser’s Raid/Mount Iser Cemetery

Ritchie County
Harrisville/Thomas Maley Harris
Romeo H. Freer

Roane County
Capture of Spencer

Summers County
Mercer Salt Works
Pack’s Ferry

Taylor County
Ann Reeves Jarvis
Grafton Military Hospital

Tucker County
Capture of St. George/Imboden’s Expedition
Mary Jane Snyder

Tyler County
Daniel D. Johnson

Upshur County
Battle of Middle Fork Bridge
D. D. T. Farnsworth
George R. Latham

Wayne County
Milton J. Ferguson
William Ratliff (Ratcliff)/Polley Freedom Case

Webster County
Moccasin Rangers

Wetzel County
Leonard Stout Hall

Wirt County
Destruction of Oil Works

Wood County
Jacob Beeson Blair
Peter G. Van Winkle
William L. “Mudwall” Jackson

Wyoming County
William Walker


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