- Sep 19, 2017
Hardly. MCClellan sent Orlando Poe through Eastern Kentucky and Western Va. He reported "that while the inhabitants of eastern Kentucky are loyal, the Western Virginians from the Kentucky line to Parkersburg are rotten, but loyal above the latter point"I think the Wheeling area certainly, to this day, has deep ties to both PA & OH.
The cultural divide is now as it was then, the hills and the mountains (not some imaginary line). The folks in far north western Virginia bordering the Ohio and the folks up in the mountains were miners, laborers, small industry, and small farmers. They had much more in common with the folks of south west PA and se OH than they did with the plantation culture in the tidewater region. The idea that there isn’t a distinct Appalachian culture running from SW PA & SE OH through WV & KY then down into East Tennessee (another unionist area) and possibly further is laughable.