Today I'd like to tell you about Philippi's Battlefield Cemetery, where the first land battle of the Civil War took place.Dick Shale, Appalachia landmarks - Philippi's Cemetery battlefield

Philippi Battlefield Cemetery is a location in the Toxic Valley region of Appalachia in 2102.

Background[edit | edit source]

On June 3, 1861, the first organized land action of the American Civil War took place in Philippi, West Virginia where the cemetery now stands, forming part of the Western Virginia campaign of the Civil War. The Union were victorious.[1]

Layout[edit | edit source]

The Philippi Battlefield Cemetery is a Civil War museum commemorating the Battle of Philippi. It consists of the cemetery itself, a small museum building and a large parking lot. As expected, the cemetery contains many graves, and aster grows throughout the area. A large stone monument sits in the center of the cemetery beside an audio tour station and six historical cannons are pointed west towards Toxic Valley.

The museum is north of the cemetery. It has a Nuka-Cola machine outside, next to a pew by the front door. The museum foyer contains a long counter with a cash register on top. Behind the counter are two footlockers, a locked (Picklock 0) first aid box and several display cases containing relics from the Civil War. The display cases can be accessed by pressing the red button on the wall. There are more display cases and relics upstairs.

The bottom floor of the museum contains yet more display cases, a Port-A-Diner, and a door leading out back towards the parking lot. The parking lot houses an angry yao guai who will attack on sight. There are also two port-a-potties, one of which has a stalk of wild corn growing in it.

Notable loot[edit | edit source]

  • Wastelanders Scott's letter - Note, on the corpse of Scott Malish in a trailer southwest of the cemetery.
  • Rusted key - In the submerged safe, in a ruined house west of the cemetery.
  • Alien blaster - West of the cemetery inside a broken safe in the water, just outside a ruined house
  • Civil War era suit, Civil War era dress, Union uniform and Confederate uniform - Inside the gift shop.
  • Potential Vault-Tec bobblehead - In the museum, behind the front counter, on the far left.
  • Potential magazine - Upstairs in the museum, in the southwest corner, on the floor by the display cases.
  • Potential weapon mod plan - On top of (or submerged in) crates stacked to the left of the display cases on the first floor.
  • Potential armor mod - On top of a barrel in the basement.
  • Two potential weapon mods:
    • Behind the gift shop counter.
    • On top of crates stacked to the left of the display cases on the first floor.
  • Potential power armor mod - Behind the gift shop counter, above a footlocker.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Philippi Battlefield Cemetery appears only in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Philippi Battlefield Cemetery is similarly located and aesthetically similar to the real world Grafton National Cemetery. The first interments took place here for West Virginian casualties of the American Civil War. The cemetery monument seen in-game is nearly identical to the memorial marble obelisk dedicated to the burial site of Thornsbury Bailey Brown, believed to be the first casualty of the war.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cemetery monument plaque: "The Battle of Philippi formed part of the Western Virginia Campaign of the American Civil War, and was fought in and around Philippi, Virginia (now West Virginia) on June 3, 1861. A Union victory, it was the first organized land action of the war though generally viewed as a skirmish rather than a battle."
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