Camp Hopkins-Memorial to a Friend - Hedgesville WV
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 34.200 W 077° 58.956
18S E 243794 N 4384283
Quick Description: In December 1862, Union Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley stationed detachments of the 54th Pennsylvania and 1st West Virginia Infantry regiments here to guard and repair the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, a main supply route between the Ohio River and the national capital region.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/14/2020 10:21:53 AM
Waymark Code: WM12ZGV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:
Camp Hopkins-Memorial to a Friend-- In December 1862, Union Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley stationed detachments of the 54th Pennsylvania and 1st West Virginia Infantry regiments here to guard and repair the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, a main supply route between the Ohio River and the national capital region. On March 6, 1863, Col. Edward James and his 106th New York Volunteer Infantry and a section of Capt. Thomas A. Maulsby’s Battery F, West Virginia Light Artillery (US), marched from Martinsburg and relieved the units. They first occupied a temporary camp across the tracks while preparing a more permanent site here.

The New Yorkers moved here on April 2, and James named the site Camp Hopkins for his friend and schoolmate Lt. James W. Hopkins, who recently had died in Martinsburg. The camp consisted of conical Sibley tents arranged in company streets, with the companies positioned in line-of-battle order. The regiment guarded the railroad and patrolled the countryside to confiscate Confederate contraband. A cornfield and an apple orchard were located nearby, although the crops did no ripen soon enough to benefit the men, who broke camp on June 13, 1863. The 106th New York set off in pursuit of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia; the invasion of Pennsylvania that ended at Gettysburg was under way.

The campsite has survived remarkably intact since 1863, and holes where the tents stood are still visible. The Windle family generously donated the property to the Berkeley County Landmarks Commission in 2008.

"[Our camp is located on] a steep wooded hill on the brow of which the tents are laid out. ... Picture the tents on a firm smooth swail, intersperced plentifully with fine large trees and you have some idea of it." - Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Shepard, 106th N.Y. Volunteers, Apr. 8, 1863
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
570 Allenville Road
Marker is near North Mountain, West Virginia, in Berkeley County.
Hedgesville, WV USA
25427


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