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The following sites and events are accessible to tourists and provide an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family:

  1. The Battle of Philippi was fought on June 3, 1861, in Barbour County and is the site of the first land battle – and amputation – of the Civil War. Visitors can trace the area’s Civil War history through Philippi’s Historical Museum, Blue and Gray Park, and the downtown historical district.

  2. Grafton National Cemetery in Taylor County is the burial site of the first Union officer killed in the war, T. Bailey Brown.

  3. Historic Beverly in Randolph County was a gathering place for Virginia Confederate troops. Following the Union victory at Rich Mountain, many Southern supporters fled south, and the Federals took control of the town. Beverly offers public museums, private historical attractions and more.

  4. The Battle of Camp Allegheny took place on Dec. 13, 1861, in Pocahontas County. Confederate forces under Col. Edward Johnson occupied the summit of Allegheny Mountain to defend the Staunton-Parkersburg Pike. At dawn on Dec. 13, they were attacked by Union forces under Brig. Gen. Robert H. Milroy.

  5. The Battle of Cheat Mountain took place Sept. 12–15, 1861, in Pocahontas and Randolph counties. Confederate forces led an unsuccessful attack against Federal troops at Fort Milroy, also known as Cheat Summit Fort. At an elevation of 4,085 feet, Cheat Summit Fort was the highest Union camp in the war. Earthworks from the old fort remain today. A re-enactment and other events commemorating the battle will take place Sept. 3-4, 2011.

  6. The Battle of Corrick’s Ford took place on July 13, 1861, on the Cheat River in Tucker County. It is here where Confederate Brig. Gen. Robert S. Garnett became the first general officer killed in the war.
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