N. Main St., Philippi — on the Courthouse lawn
Erected by Barbour County Post No. 44, The American Legion, and the Citizens of This County
The Soldiers’ Memorial, dedicated to the memory of twenty-four local men who gave their lives in World War I, was unveiled on November 11, 1923. The project was sponsored by American Legion Post 44 and financed by businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals. The eight-foot bronze Doughboy is one of 136 statues sculpted by Ernest Moore Viquesney, whose grandfather, Charles Alfred Viquesney, became a naturalized citizen in 1844 ceremonies at the Philippi courthouse, on the grounds where the statues now stands.