Philippi Visitor’s Center and Museum
What happened in Philippi (pronounced Philip-ee) wasn’t exactly a battle, but it was the earliest land action in the Civil War, the first action being the firing on Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Referred to as The Phillipi Races, the conflict between Confederate and Union forces on June 3, 1861, started as Union troops moved into the Confederate-occupied town. The Confederate troops were surprised and quickly raced out of town, south to Huttonsville in the Tygart Valley. You can learn more about this small battle and the history of Philippi at the Visitor’s Center and Museum.