Grafton to Camp Allegheny Tour / 060retreat
Photo by Linda Walcroft
May 2007

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museum in train station
Marker: The Confederate Retreat
Museum in old Railroad Station

Philippi: Excerpt from Interpretive Sign

Col. George A. Porterfield moved his newly recruited Confederates from Grafton to Philippi on May 28, 1861 after receiving word of a Federal advance on the B&O Railroad. Porterfield's force at Philippi totaled no more than 775 volunteers. Few were fully trained and all were poorly equipped...

... The Federal attack before dawn on the morning of June 3 caught them by surprise. Porterfield's men fled from town in the so-called "Philippi Races." The Confederates regrouped just south of town and marched in orderly fashion to Beverly.