Fort Boreman added to trails program

New markers denoting Fort Boreman Hill Historic Park as part of the West Virginia Civil War Trail were dedicated during a ceremony Thursday.
Six sites in Wood and Wirt counties are among 150 planned for the Civil War Trails Program. A partnership between the West Virginia Division of Tourism and Civil War Trails, the program identifies, [...]

The Civil War Trail Runs Through The Mid-Ohio Valley

Sites related to the Civil War in Wood and Wirt counties…will soon be easier to locate.
State and local tourism officials Thursday announced that six local attractions will be part of the Civil War trails program.
There are already more than 1100 sites in the program.

Putnam County Commissioners Briefed On Confederate Soldier Burial

The town of Winfield will host a military funeral later this month.
Putnam County Commissioners got an update on the event this morning…
On Oct. 30, 1,500 Civil War re-enactors will take part in the reburial of Confederate Army Captain Phillip Thurmond at the Hoge House with full military honors. His remains were discovered last spring.

Stories from the past: Historical relics spur trip back in time

The artifacts were all attached to a standing display or arranged on a picnic table. Guns, knifes, tools, belt buckles, musket balls, cannon balls, shells and a fragment of what was known as a “canister” that once contained lead balls were all there for people who wanted to look more than 150 years in the [...]

Evidence casts doubt on claim to Stonewall’s birthplace

Whatever claim Parkersburg has as the birthplace of famed Confederate Civil War Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, may finally be put to rest. Shortly after The News and Sentinel’s Aug. 15 article renewing the debate of Jackson’s birthplace, evidence emerged that casts serious doubt on the city’s claim.
David Houchin, librarian at the Clarksburg-Harrison County public library, [...]

Ceremony to recognize Civil War Trails program

The New River Gorge CVB and the Fayetteville CVB officially join other sites in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee in the Civil War Trails program in a special ceremony scheduled this morning at the Courthouse in Fayetteville.
The trails program, a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Tourism and Civil War Trails, [...]

Local man has unpublished photo of Civil War general

A picture taken by a Parkersburg photographer of a Civil War general born in Harrisville who was on the commission that tried the conspirators in the Lincoln assassination will soon be published for the first time.
Brian Kesterson, local author and noted historian of the Civil War, acquired the photo of Gen. Thomas Maley Harris in [...]

Reunion in Martinsburg, W.Va., and its Civil War connections

We just returned from a family reunion in Martinsburg, W.Va., my husband’s hometown. A visit there is, in so many ways, like walking back in time.  Martinsburg is now considered part of the Washington metropolitan area, if you believe the Chamber of Commerce; and daily one finds cars, buses and MARC trains bringing folks to [...]

Civil War makers coming to Charleston

Charleston may not be the first West Virginia city that comes to mind when thinking about the civil war, but preservationists are hoping to change that.
Eight Civil War Trail markers will be placed along Kanawha Boulevard later this year. It’s part of the Civil War Trails program already in place in Virginia, Maryland and other [...]

Teachers study Civil War history in Harpers Ferry

Catherine Bragaw, an education specialist at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, quoted a British philosopher to set the theme for 20 history teachers who came to the park to study Civil War history.
“Education is simply a soul of society as it passes from one generation to another,” Bragaw said, in the words of Gilbert Chesterton.
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