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Nimitz, West Virginia

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Bog near Nimitz in which troops mired during Civil War
Nimitz (map) is an unincorporated rural community located in western Summers County west of Hinton, WV. It is located along W.Va. Route 3 one half mile southeast of the community of Jumping Branch, WV. The community and its post office were named in honor of U.S Navy Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, dual commander of the Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas for U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces during World War II. The land in the area of Nimitz is relatively level, and an small public airfield serving Hinton and Summers County operated there in the mid-1900s.

Confederate militia under the command of Alfred Beckley became mired in a bog southwest of Nimitz during the Civil War in 1862. According to historian William Sanders, the troops became frustrated and reticent under his command while stationed here along the Giles, Fayette and Kanawha Turnpike, the road that led between the valley of the New River and Beckleyville, present day Beckley, WV. The troops begrudgingly advanced along the pike to Jumping Branch, where they were disbanded by General John B. Floyd, then major general of the Provisional Army of Virginia.