The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Fort Ashby was one of a chain of forts that Colonel George Washington ordered built along the Virginia frontier in March of 1756 (Fort Ashby was apparently fortified under this order, rather than being "built", as the fort existed prior to March 1756.)
Located on east bank of Pettersons's Creek in Mineral County, Fort Ashby was the scene of much fighting between white settlers and Native Americans in 1756. General Daniel Morgan camped here on his way to surpress the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. The location of Fort Cocke was about one mile south of present-day Headsville, WV.
Fort Ashby is the is the only remaining fort of those authorized by Governor Dinwiddie to protect the western Virginia settlements. Also known as: Fort Cocke, Fort Cox, Ashby's Fort