Parkersburg is a city located in Wood County, West Virginia, at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers. It is the county seat of Wood County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 33,099, making it the third-largest city in West Virginia.
In 1942 Brigadier General Irving Morrell launched a second major attack against the Confederate flank from Parkersburg, West Virginia, in addition to his primary attack from Meadville, Pennsylvania. On the first day, the U.S. forces met stiff but ineffectual resistance from the Mexican Army defending the Confederate center. After breaking through this "crust" the U.S. met little further resistance and the two forces linked up in Lafayette, Ohio and thus surrounded the main Confederate Army in Pittsburgh.