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Huntersville, Virginia -- Confederate supply camp
During the summer days of 1861, Confederates under the command of General William Loring set up their supply base camp at Huntersville, Virginia. It was from there that an attack of Cheat Summit Fort was launched.
General Robert E. Lee, who at the time was not in overall command of the army, was sent to the camp to help coordinate the Confederate efforts.
He spent three days in Huntersville. During the entire time of his visit, rains pounded the camp making it a virtual mud hole. Disease was rampant. About twenty five Confederate soldiers died in the little town and are buried in
a small cemetery there. They died of disease after being treated in the Huntersville Presbyterian Church that had been set up as a hospital. None of the new recruits who died had ever even been in a battle.
General Lee commented that Huntersville was the worst place he had ever been. Horses and wagons could not pass through on the Huntersville Turnpike because the mud was so think.
It was during the short campaign that General Lee’s aide-de-camp and tent mate, John Augustine Washington III, was shot and killed. Washington was the great grandson of George Washington’s brother John. Washington and
General Lee’s son, Fitzhugh, were on reconnoitering excursion when they were fired upon. Washington is buried in the Zion Cemetery in Charles town, WV.
With little success in the field of battle and fighting the incessant rains, General Lee came out of the Huntersville affair with the unflattering nickname “Granny Lee”.
On January 3, 1862, the town witnessed a skirmish. At that time the Confederates were commanded by Colonel Edward Johnson. For his heroism in the field, he was dubbed “Allegheny” Johnson by his men.
Today Huntersville is located in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The Confederate Cemetery and the Huntersville Presbyterian Church stand as reminders of the town’s war history.
Huntersville, Virginia -- Confederate supply camp | Examiner.com
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