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  1. Eleanor Rose

    The Philippi Covered Bridge

    The city of Philippi, WV was the site of the first land battle of the Civil War on June 3, 1861. Built in 1852, the city’s covered bridge was heavily utilized by both armies during the Civil War. During the battle, Union troops took control of the bridge on the Tygart Valley River and used it as...
  2. Belle Montgomery

    West Virginia Is Looking for the Descendants of Civil War Veterans Who Never Claimed Their Medals

    This week holds two major Civil War anniversaries: America’s deadliest war started on April 12, 1861, when Southerners who seceded from the Union fired shots at the federal government’s Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, and came to an unofficial end on April 9, 1865, when...
  3. Belle Montgomery

    WV exhibit includes saw used in Civil War's first amputation by Confederacy

    The carpenter's saw used to amputate the leg of a Confederate officer the day after a musket ball shattered his knee during the 1861 Battle of Philippi is among artifacts on display in a new First Campaign of the Civil War exhibit at the Beverly Heritage Center. The artifact serves as a stark...
  4. Belle Montgomery

    Long Process to Obtain Ancester's Civil War Medal

    PARKERSBURG — A Wood County man went through the long process of obtaining the actual medal an ancestor was awarded for service in the Civil War. Barron R. “Barry” Calebaugh of Valley Mills Road was encouraged to tell his story to the newspaper by Brian Kesterson of Parkersburg, a nationally...
  5. C

    Hello! Author writing about Civil War family in Virginia/West Virginia

    Thank you for adding me to the group! Civil War Talk has often appeared in searches I've done for my books, and I'm glad to officially join in. I have published one book, historical fiction based on my great-great-grandmother's life before and during the Civil War in western Virginia/West...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    6 Foot Sarah, Her Not Entirely Apocryphal Story Of 16 Soldier Sons

    Iconic, superb imagery encompassing the ideal by way of Patriotic Womanhood stood in for all that was ' noble ', the best we had, during the war. It turned up in several wars. You can't help but feel she's a composite. Mrs. Sarah Barker Brandon took her turn, sitting for the artist. Look harder...
  7. Cdoug96

    I need help finding out if John M. L. Porter fought in the War

    I need help finding out if my ancestor John Meyers Lawrence Porter fought in the Civil War or not. Here is what I know of him. He usually just went as John Porter or John M. L. Porter. Born 6 Nov 1830 in Claryville, Allegany, Maryland. Died 29 Mar 1901 in Ogden, Lenawee County, Michigan...