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Sacrifice All For The Union: The story of Captain John Valley Young personifies the body of rugged Union Army volunteers from West Virginia during the Civil War: highly resilient, stubbornly independent, and fiercely patriotic. Using Captain Young’s wartime letters to his wife, Paulina Franklin Young, and his daughters, Sarah and Emily Young, along with his diary and numerous other original soldier accounts, this book reveals the experiences of a Union soldier and his family who were truly willing to “Sacrifice All for the Union.” 

Seceding from Secession: “West Virginia was the child of the storm,” concluded early Mountaineer historian and Civil War veteran, Maj. Theodore F. Lang. The northwestern third of the Commonwealth of Virginia finally broke away in 1863 to form the Union’s 35th state. In Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia, authors Eric J. Wittenberg, Edmund A. Sargus, and Penny L. Barrick chronicle those events in an unprecedented study of the social, legal, military, and political factors that converged to bring about the birth of the West Virginia.

Battle of Hurricane BridgeThe Battle of Hurricane Bridge, March 28, 1863
by Philip Hatfield, PhD

The Battle at Hurricane Bridge is an often overlooked Civil War action occurring at the small and otherwise quiet western Virginia village. For five hours behind the limited protection of an unfinished earthen fort, the green Union troops of the 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry under the command of Captain James Johnson, fought to hold off the hardened Confederate veterans of the 8th and 16th Virginia Cavalry commanded by Brigadier General Albert Gallatin Jenkins.

Ultimately, the March 28, 1863, battle at Hurricane Bridge directly contributed to the Union army maintaining control of the James River & Kanawha Turnpike, a key supply line, and enabled Federal control of the Kanawha Valley for the remainder of the war.

 


Rebels at the Gate
Lee and McClellan on the Front Line of a Nation Divided
by W. Hunter Lesser

 

 

My Reminiscences of the Civil War
My Reminiscences of the Civil War with the Stonewall Brigade and the Immortal 600
by Captain Alfred Mallory Edgar, 27th Virginia Infantry CSA

 

 


The Battle of Lewisburg
by Richard L. Armstrong

 

 

 

General Topics

Battles / Campaigns

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

The Battle of White Sulphur Springs, by Eric J. Wittenberg

September Blood: The Battle of Carnifex Ferry, by Terry Lowry

Campaign in Western Virginia, by George B. McClellan

Holding the Line: The Battle of Allegheny Mountain, by Joe Geiger

The Jones-Imboden Raid, by Darrell L. Collins

General William Averell’s Salem Raid, by Darrell L. Collins

The Coal River Valley in the Civil War, by Michael B. Graham

Last Sleep: The Battle of Droop Mountain, by Terry Lowry

The Battle of Scary Creek, by Terry Lowry

 

 

 

Unit Histories

History of the 5th West Virginia Cavalry, by Frank S. Reader

History of the 12th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, by William Hewitt,
Includes: The Story of Andersonville and Florence by James N. Miller

Phantoms of the South Fork: Captain McNeill and His Rangers, by Steve French

Headquarters in the Brush: Blazer’s Independent Union Scouts, by Darl L. Stephenson

 

Biographies

Online Reading

A House Divided: Statehood Politics and the Copperhead Movement in West Virginia by Richard Orr Curry
University of Pittsburgh Press – Digital Editions

The Tarnished Thirty-fifth Star by C. Stuart McGehee
Virginia at War, 1861; edited by William C. Davis and James I. Robertson, Jr.
Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Loyal West Virginia from 1861-1865 by Theodore F. Lang
The Deutsch Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1895.

New Book Announcements and Reviews

Now available!The Battle of Hurricane Bridge, March 28, 1863by Philip Hatfield, PhDThe Battle at Hurricane Bridge is an often overlooked Civil War action occurring at the small and otherwise quiet western Virginia village. For five hours behind the limited...

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New book on Belle Boyd

A new book on Confederate spy Belle Boyd has recently been released. Belle Boyd: The Rebel Spy is the first serious non-fiction account of her life in 34 years. Belle Boyd was from Martinsburg, Virginia (West Virginia) and considered the most notorious and...

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The Battle of Lewisburg, now available

The Battle of Lewisburg, by Richard L. Armstrong, is now available from 35th Star Publishing. The early morning hours of May 23, 1862 brought the horror of war to the residents of the small, mountain town of Lewisburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). A brigade of Union...

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Now Available: The Battle of Charleston

The Battle of Charleston, and the 1862 Kanawha Valley Campaign by Terry Lowry The Battle of Charleston (West Virginia), fought September 13, 1862, between the Confederate forces of Gen. William Wing Loring and the Federal command of Col. Joseph Andrew Jackson...

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New book: On This Day in West Virginia Civil War History

Arcadia Publishing has released a new title, On This Day in West Virginia Civil War History. West Virginia is the only state formed by seceding from a Confederate state. And its connections to the Civil War run deep. One day at a time, award-winning historian Michael...

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The Coal River Valley in the Civil War

The History Press publishing company has released a new title, The Coal River Valley in the Civil War by Michael B. Graham. About the book The three rivers that make up the Coal River Valley—Big, Little and Coal—were named by explorer John Peter Salling (or Salley)...

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Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era

Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era New biography by the Ohio University Press The wrenching events of the Civil War transformed not only the United States but also the men unexpectedly called on to lead their fellow citizens in this first modern...

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