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.

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