Destruction of Saltpeter Works
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dukemartin
N 38° 36.207 W 079° 22.281
17S E 641815 N 4274030
Saltpeter works near here destroyed twice during Civil War.
Waymark Code: WM11471
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 08/13/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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Destruction of Saltpeter Works

A key component of gunpowder, the saltpeter mined near Franklin was of great importance to the South during the Civil War. On August 19, 1863, during his raid of Pendleton and surrounding counties , Union Gen. William W. Averell destroyed the valuable works. Seven months later, on March 3, 1864, Lt. Col. Augustus Roots, 15th NY Cavalry, destroyed the rebuilt facilities.
Marker Number: None on sign

Marker Title: Destruction of Salpeter Works

Marker Location: South of RT 220

County or Independent City: South of Franklin WV

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Marker Program Sponsor: West Virginia Archives and History, 2016

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