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While still a part of Virginia, Grafton was incorporated in 1856. The town was a key point in the Civil War because of its location on the B&O Railroad. At the beginning of the war, Confederate Colonel George A. Porterfield and a small contingent established a base in Grafton. Bailey Brown, who during the Battle of Philippi became the first Union soldier killed by Confederate forces, is buried in Grafton National Cemetery at 431 Walnut St.
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