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West Virginia History



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West Virginia: A History

By Otis K. Rice

Brand: The University Press of Kentucky
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" An essential resource for scholars, students, and all lovers of the Mountaineer State. From bloody skirmishes with Indians on the early frontier to the Logan County mine war, the story of West Virginia is punctuated with episodes as colorful and rugged as the mountains that dominate its landscape. In this first modern comprehensive history, Otis Rice and Stephen Brown balance these episodes of mountaineer individualism against the complexities of industrial development and the growth of social institutions, analyzing the events and personalities that have shaped the state. To create this history, the authors weave together many strands from the past and present. Included among these are geological and geographical features; the prehistoric inhabitants; exploration and settlement; relations with the Indians; the land systems and patterns of ownership; the Civil War and the formation of the state from the western counties of Virginia; the legacy of Reconstruction; politics and government; industrial development; labor problems and advances; and cultural aspects such as folkways, education, religion, and national and ethnic influences. For this second edition, the authors have added a new chapter, bringing the original material up to date and carrying the West Virginia story through the presidential election of 1992. Otis K. Rice is professor emeritus of history and Stephen W. Brown is professor of history at West Virginia Institute of Technology.

WEST VIRGINIA: A HISTORY

By John A. Williams

Brand: West Virginia University Press
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WEST VIRGINIA: A HISTORY
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John Alexander Williams's West Virginia: A History is widely considered one of the finest books ever written about our state. In his clear, eminently readable style, Williams organizes the tangled strands of West Virginia's past around a few dramatic events-the battle of Point Pleasant, John Brown's insurrection in Harper's Ferry, the Paint Creek labor movement, the Hawk's Nest and Buffalo Creek disasters, and more. Williams uses these pivotal events as introductions to the larger issues of statehood, Civil War, unionism, and industrialization. Along the way, Williams conveys a true feel for the lives of common West Virginians, the personalities of the state's memorable characters, and the powerful influence of the land itself on its own history.

A History Of West Virginia

By Anna Egan Smucker

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The West Virginia story stretches back to the mists of prehistory and forward to the day before yesterday. During those many years, our land has been inhabited by the mysterious Mound Builders, by the Native American who followed them, and by the explorers, pioneers, slaves, and immigrants who contributed to the present population This book, by gifted storyteller Anna Egan Smucker, presents the history of the Mountain State as a lively tale of conflict and triumph, as West Virginians have stood up for themselves and the place they love. The larger-than-life figures John Henry, John Brown, Mother Jones, the Hatfields, Chief Logan and Stonewall Jackson, among others who populate our past are shown here as the rightful forebears of today s generation of Mountaineers. "The history of West Virginia is the story of a place whose hills and hollows are a part of its people, a place where family has always been important," Ms. Smucker writes in her Introduction. "It is the story of people proud to call this beautiful, rugged land home."

West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free (Civil War Series)

By Mark A. Snell

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2011-08-05
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The only state born as a result of the Civil War, West Virginia was the most divided state in the nation. About forty thousand of its residents served in the combatant forces about twenty thousand on each side. The Mountain State also saw its fair share of battles, skirmishes, raids and guerrilla warfare, with places like Harpers Ferry, Philippi and Rich Mountain becoming household names in 1861. When the Commonwealth of Virginia seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861, leaders primarily from the northwestern region of the state began the political process that eventually led to the creation of West Virginia on June 20, 1863. Renowned Civil War historian Mark A. Snell has written the first thorough history of these West Virginians and their civil war in more than fifty years.

Early Native Americans in West Virginia (American Heritage)

By Darla Spencer

Arcadia Publishing Inc.
Released: 2016-10-31
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Early Native Americans in West Virginia (American Heritage)
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Once thought of as Indian hunting grounds with no permanent inhabitants, West Virginia is teeming with evidence of a thriving early native population. Today's farmers can hardly plow their fields without uncovering ancient artifacts, evidence of at least ten thousand years of occupation. Members of the Fort Ancient culture resided along the rich bottomlands of southern West Virginia during the Late Prehistoric and Protohistoric periods. Lost to time and rediscovered in the 1880s, Fort Ancient sites dot the West Virginia landscape. This volume explores sixteen of these sites, including Buffalo, Logan and Orchard. Archaeologist Darla Spencer excavates the fascinating lives of some of the Mountain State's earliest inhabitants in search of who these people were, what languages they spoke and who their descendants may be.

The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Brand: The West Virginia Humanities Council
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The West Virginia Encyclopedia, nearly a decade in the making, represents a million-dollar investment by its publisher. The editors have packed 2,200 articles by nearly 600 writers into the pages of this big book. Hardcover with jacket ~ 944 pages ~ more than 400 illustrations ~ 2,200 alphabetical entries ~ fully indexed ~ $44.95 retail

West Virginia History & Genealogy on DVD - 50 books, Ancestry, Records, Family

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Partial List of Contents

History of the early settlement and Indian wars of Western Virginia; embracing an account of the various expeditions in the West, previous to 1795. Also, biographical sketches of... distinguished actors in our border wars by Willis De Hass - (1851) - 415 pages

History of the Second regiment West Virginia cavalry volunteers, during the war of the rebellion by Joseph J. Sutton - (1892) - 262 pages

Index, marriage records, Harrison Co. Va. (W. Va.) 1784-1850 by Susie Davis Nicholson - (1900) - 42 pages

West Virginia state gazetteer and business directory, Volume (1882-1883) by R.L. Polk & Co. - 570 pages Year book, Society of Sons of the Revolution in the state of West Virginia - (1894) - 70 pages

Genealogical and personal history of the upper Monongahela valley, West Virginia, under the editorial supervision of Bernard L. Butcher ... with an account of the resources and industries of the upper Monongahela valley and the tributary region by Bernard Lee Butcher - (1912) - 906 pages

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West Virginia: The Illegal State

By Jeremy T.K. Farley

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Written by Mingo County native Jeremy T.K. Farley, founder of Appalachian Magazine and descendant of a Confederate prisoner of war from Logan County, Farley not only lays out a very clear case as to why West Virginia was created illegally, but also links the state's unconstitutional beginning to many of the woes that have plagued the Mountain State throughout its entire existence. Championing the cause of Southern West Virginia, this book asserts that much of the Mountain State’s disproportionate level of poverty, political suppression and historic labor wars – especially in the southern region – can be directly attributed to the illegal creation of West Virginia and the subsequent neglect following the West Virginia Statehood Act – America’s coup d’état. Though the state’s motto may boldly proclaim that “Mountaineers are Always Free,” in reality, thanks in large part to the unlawful precedence set by the 1861 assembly, West Virginia’s mountaineers have historically been the most oppressed people in the nation. Perhaps the most heartbreaking element regarding the creation of the State of West Virginia is this: While the rest of the nation was casting off the evil chains of slavery in the closing days of the nineteenth century, the groundwork was being laid in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia for a new people to be enchained. In the century ahead, the plantations and cotton fields of Georgia gave way to the mines and company towns of Matewan and Paint Creek. The slave owners were replaced with distant industrial corporations profiteering on the backs of America’s once independent mountaineers. Taskmasters were exchanged for notorious mercenaries and terrorists such as the Baldwin-Felts Detectives, whose acts of brutality are unrivaled by even the most demonic slave owners. It is both heartbreaking and frightening to witness how quickly the mountain people of southern West Virginia went from being known as the free spirited Scotch-Irish to impoverished miners living in coal camps begging for just a temporary respite – all of which can be traced to the illegal and ill-advised creation of West Virginia.

The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll

By Candace Nelson

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The pepperoni roll, a soft bread roll with pepperoni baked in the middle, originated in the coal mining areas of north central West Virginia when Italian immigrants invented a food that could be eaten easily underground.
This spicy snack soon found its way out of the mines and into bakeries, bread companies, restaurants, and event venues around the state, often with additional ingredients like cheese, red sauce, or peppers.

As the pepperoni roll’s reputation moves beyond the borders of West Virginia, this food continues to embody the culinary culture of its home state. It is now found at the center of bake-offs, eating contests, festivals, as a gourmet item on local menus, and even on a bill in the state’s legislature.

The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll is a comprehensive history of the unofficial state food of West Virginia. With over 100 photographs and countless recipes and recollections, it tells the story of the immigrants, business owners, laborers, and citizens who have developed and devoured this simple yet practical food since its invention.
 

History of the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry: Formerly the Second Virginia Infantry, and of Battery G, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery

By Frank S. Reader

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History of the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry: Formerly the Second Virginia Infantry, and of Battery G, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery
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Originally published in 1890 by the Civil War veterans of the regiment, this new modern version includes the entire original text, 58 images, and an index. The author, Frank S. Reader, a member of Company I, was a newspaper editor and proprietor. His wartime experience as a clerk to both generals Averell and Sigel, as well as his newspaper background, served him well when he was asked by his regimental comrades to write and publish the history of their unit.

Chapters:
Chapter I: Loyal Western Virginia
Chapter II: Organization of the Regiment
Chapter III: Company Histories and Rosters
Chapter IV: The Quartermaster’s Department
Chapter V: The Chaplain and His Work
Chapter VI: In Camp At Beverly, 1861
Chapter VII: Relief Of Cheat Mountain
Chapter VIII: In Camp At Elkwater
Chapter IX: Camp At Cheat Mountain Summit
Chapter X: Mountain Department
Chapter XI: The Army Of Virginia
Chapter XII: Return To Western Virginia
Chapter XIII: Fourth Separate Brigade
Chapter XIV: Rocky Gap Expedition
Chapter XV: Droop Mountain
Chapter XVI: The Salem Raid
Chapter XVII: Campaigns Of 1864
Chapter XVIII: Scouting Service
Chapter XIX: Prison Life
Chapter XX: Escape From Prison
Index

Excerpt:
Droop Mountain, Pocahontas County, West Virginia
November 6, 1863

On arriving at the foot of the hill where the Confederates were posted, the Second (later the 5th West Virginia Cavalry) passed the Eighth Virginia, leaving them on our left, moving on for the purpose of ascertaining the position of the Third Virginia. Col. Scott was then ordered to begin his advance up the hill toward the enemy’s works, which he did through briers, tree tops and obstacles of various kinds…

When our line was within ten or fifteen yards of the crest of the mountain, the enemy opened upon us, and a sheet of flame issued from the mountain top, as the Confederates poured a terrific fire of musketry into the faces of our brave boys. The whole line was then pushed forward with vigor, and never flinched or wavered, but advanced with the tread of veterans and returned the fire with telling effect. The fighting was fierce and terrible, a battle to the death, the musketry fire being very rapid. We had one advantage, that as we advanced up the steep mountain, the fire of the enemy passed over our heads, and thus saved our line from being mowed down. Steadily our men advanced, driving their foe from the breastworks of fence rails, logs and stones, that they had hastily thrown up…

After about two hours of fighting the Second and Third Virginia, with yells and cheers, loud and strong, charged into the jaws of death and fire, and carried the position by storm, driving the enemy like chaff before the wind, who retreated precipitately toward Lewisburg.



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