West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free by Dr. Mark A. Snell
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, director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University, has written the first thorough history of these West Virginians and their civil war in more than fifty years.
This is the definitive work on a battle where both sides claimed victory, but in reality neither side won. It is the story of the disorganization of the Confederate forces and the dogged persistence of the Union army. Filled with personal reflections by soldiers, detailed yet highly readable descriptions of the battle, plus maps & photos, this book brings Carnifex Ferry back to life.
The highly sought after and rare book on the Battle of Carnifex Ferry, September Blood by Terry Lowry is available again, after being out of print for almost 25 years. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of this important early battle of the Civil War, Quarrier Press has reprinted a small number of this well-researched and highly entertaining book.
The book has a new introduction by Terry Lowry and is full of maps, photos, drawings, and engravings.
Includes: The Story of Andersonville and Florence by James N. Miller
The regimental history of the unit originally published in 1892
The Story of Andersonville and Florence by prisoner of war James N. Miller
Medal of Honor recipients
Complete regimental roster
A new, modern reprint of the classic regimental, “History of the 12th West Virginia Volunteeer Infantry” has been published by 35th Star Publishing of Charleston.
The history was originally published in 1892 by the veterans of that Civil War unit. The new version contains the original text, as well as an index, a complete regimental roster, and a list of the unit’s Medal of Honor recipients.
Also included is an additional manuscript titled “The Story of Andersonville and Florence,” by James N. Miller, a member of the regiment.
The book covers all of the battles and campaigns in which the unit participated, including Winchester, New Market, Piedmont, Snicker’s Ferry, Kernstown, Berryville, Opequon, Fisher’s Hill, Tom’s Brook, Cedar Creek and their dramatic attack on Fort Gregg at Petersburg.
Purchase online at The West Virginia Book Company.
New driving tour book by Hunter Lesser available at the West Virginia Book Company.
West Virginia was the setting for the First Campaign of America’s Civil War. Here brothers clashed in combat amid the rugged mountains of “Western” Virginia in 1861. The First Campaign became a proving ground for soldiers and civilians who would shape American history.
In these mountains, a Union army lead by George McClellan battled Confederates directed by Robert E. Lee. McClellan rocketed to stardom here while Lee left the mountains in defeat. Meanwhile, daring Unionists forged a new Virginia government. With President Lincoln’s aid, the new state of West Virginia was born.
This guidebook offers three one-day driving tours filled with spellbinding scenery and adventure. Easy to follow directions, narratives and “fun facts” are your ticket to a delightful journey through these “enchanted” mountains.
Civilian War in West Virginia, 1861-1863, by George A. Hall.
This is an evening program held in the West Virginia Archives and History Library on May 12, 2011. George A. Hall provided a lecture on the Moccasin Rangers, a Confederate guerilla unit that operated in central West Virginia. He is the author of Civilian War in West Virginia: The Moccasin Rangers.
At the July 14, 2011, Thursday night West Virginia Archives and History genealogy program in the West Virginia State Archives library in Charleston, Ken Hechler, author, historian, and political figure, made a presentation on his new book Soldier of the Union, which contains letters written by his grandfather and great uncle during the Civil War. Much of the evening was a question-and-answer session, and Dr. Hechler addressed questions on a variety of activities in his life, ranging from his work as a combat historian during World War II to his efforts against mountaintop removal.
Soldier of the Union by Ken Hechler
At the August 11, 2011, Thursday night Archives and History genealogy program in the West Virginia State Archives library in Charleston, Greg Carroll made a presentation on slaves and free people of color in western Virginia. Carroll noted some of the materials available for research on African Americans in West Virginia but indicated a need to collect more information, such as oral histories.