Kanawha Valley Campaign Tour / 02battle
Photo by Linda Walcroft
May 2006

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Battle of Barboursville

Site of early Civil War battle fought in July 13, 1861. Border Rangers and local citizens met on "Fortification Hill" to repel an advance by five companies of the 2nd Kentucky Inf. After firing several volleys, Union troops made a bayonet charge up the hill and dispersed the locals. Union casualties were sixteen. Local farmer James Reynolds, age 58, died of wounds sustained in battle.

The railroad bridge in the photo is near the site of the bridge where the 2nd Kentucky struggled across. Confederates had removed planks from the bridge and the Union guide fell through. The Union crossed however and took Barboursville.

Photo Copyright Linda Walcroft 2006