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Prayer book

Union Pvt. Philip Bader took this prayer book from “a dead Secesh soldier” after the Battle of Rich Mountain on July 11, 1861.

Author/Historian Hunter Lesser has written an article describing a prayer book captured at the Battle of Rich Mountain for The Civil War News.

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Robert E. LeeRick Steelhammer’s article in the Charleston Gazette describes how the Confederate general’s image suffered during the West Virginia campaigns of 1861.

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The First Campaign Driving Tour

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New driving tour book by Hunter Lesser available at the West Virginia Book Company.

The First Campaign

A Guide to Civil War in the Mountains of West Virginia, 1861. Three One-Day Driving Tours, by Hunter Lesser

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.

Read Rick Steelhammer’s review in the Charleston Gazette…


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