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Giles County Historical Society

AE Curator Jul 16
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Giles County and two future presidents are linked in an unexpected manner. In the spring of 1862, 600 Union troops under Rutherford B. Hayes (later the 19th U.S. president) marched east into Pearisburg. The young lieutenant colonel used a small office—now on the grounds of the Giles County Historical Society—as his headquarters. A commissary sergeant named William McKinley also took part in the occupation. The Confederates rounded up 2,000 men who pushed back Hayes’ forces in a skirmish. The historical society’s museum is housed in the town’s oldest home.

Location: Pearisburg
Image: Giles County Historical Society

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