Battle Person Detail

Porterfield, George A.

In May 1861, Porterfield arrived in Philippi, West Virginia, with an army of 775 men. On the night of June 2, 1861, a force of approximately 3,000 Union troops converged on Philippi in an attempt to trap his troops. The outnumbered Rebels retreated so briskly that the battle was sometimes humorously referred to as the "Philippi Races." Porterfield was immediately relieved of his command.
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