Cannon Hill – Rowlesburg

Rowlesburg, WV

Cannon Hill in Rowlesburg rises above Cheat River on the
north side of town. It is a historic site for it's strategic location during
the Civil War Battle of Rowlesburg in April of 1863. The Confederate Army,
under the leadership of General William "Grumble" Jones, was intent on
destroying the B&O Railroad bridge to cut the Union supply line. Alerted
that the rebels were on their way across Lantz Ridge to attack from the east,
townsfolk and Union troops barricaded themselves along the railroad track;
Peter Wotring hauled an oxcart loaded with a cannon up the steep hillside and
positioned it atop Cannon Hill with a clear view of the railroad bridge; when
the rebels were in sight, volleys of rifle and cannon fire met them and
repulsed them back into the hills. Thus, the railroad bridge was saved from
destruction and "Lincoln's Lifeline" was preserved. Trips to Cannon Hill are available May through October by contacting members of the Rowlesburg Area Historical Society: Robert Ayersman at 304 454-9303 or Lucille Grimm at 304 454-9218.

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