Bushwhackers in McDowell Highway Historical Marker
Backstory and Context
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 historians and 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.
In June 1862, Lt. Col. William Russell (4th WV) ordered Company D to McDowell County and 100 rebels that E.V. Harman and 100 rebels were terrorizing area Unionists. Union troops arrived to find that the guerillas had left the area in order to join a larger Confederate force near Tazewell, VA. Russel's men burned Harman's headquarters and destroyed 40 bushels of corn.
Accessed March 13th 2020. http://www.wvculture.org/history/markers/sesqui/bushwhackersinmcdowell.html.