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Old 02-07-2009, 05:26 PM   #32
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1st Land Battle of the Civil War - Barbour Co

The Battle of Philippi, also called The Philippi Races, was fought on June 3, 1861, in and around Philippi, Virginia (now West Virginia) as part of the Western Virginia Campaign of the Civil War. It was the first organized land action in the Eastern Theater of the war.

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One interesting sideline to the historic data: One of the injured was young Confederate James E. Hanger, an 18-year old college student. After recovering, Hanger returned to his hometown in Virginia. He made an artificial leg for himself from barrel staves with a hinge at the knee. His design worked so well, the West Virginia State Legislature commissioned him to manufacture the “Hanger Limb” for other wounded Civil War veterans. Mr. Hanger patented his prosthetic device and founded what is now the Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. As of 2007,Hanger Orthopedic Group is the United States market leader in the manufacture of artificial limbs.

I'm not even going to pretend to be a Civil War historian, and know very little about that period in history. I am truly a fish out of water in this area. This project, though, is helping me learn more about our past. This one marker alone could be a long and elaborate thread by itself. Hopefully, these links will help guide folks who want to study this more in depth.

Historical Marker is located 1/4 mile north of the Philippi Bridge on Rt 119. (See previous post on Philippi Covered Bridge)

The Historical Marker is located on a turnoff with another marker for W.D. Zinn (see below)

Historical Marker located at the same turnout as the "First Land Battle" (above). William Davidson Zinn was the author of "The Story of Woodbine Farm", printed by K. Reger in 1931.
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