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Battle of Hurricane Bridge
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The 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

Book Review of the 12th West Virginia Infantry Regimental

In the October 2011 issue The Civil War News, Author/historian John Michael Priest reviews the modern reprint of the History of the 12th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry by William Hewitt. Click here to read the review.... The book can purchased at The West Virginia...

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Pocahontas Times Review of Captain Edgar Reminiscences

The Pocahontas Times has published a review of My Reminiscences of the Civil War with the Stonewall Brigade and the Immortal 600.  These memoirs were written by Captain Alfred Mallory Edgar of the Confederate 27th Virginia Infantry.  Edgar was a native of Greenbrier...

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New book on the Battle of White Sulphur Springs

The History Press has released a new title, The Battle of White Sulphur Springs: Averell Fails to Secure West Virginia, by Eric J. Wittenberg. In August 1863, Union general William Woods Averell led a 600-mile raid culminating in the Battle of White Sulphur Springs in...

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New West Virginia Civil War Book by Historian Mark Snell

West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free by Dr. Mark A. Snell The only state born as a result of the Civil War, West Virginia was the most divided state in the nation. About forty thousand of its residents served in the combatant forces—about...

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September Blood: The Battle of Carnifex Ferry

This is the definitive work on a battle where both sides claimed victory, but in reality neither side won. It is the story of the disorganization of the Confederate forces and the dogged persistence of the Union army.  Filled with personal reflections by soldiers,...

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Reprint of 12th West Virginia Infantry regimental

History of the 12th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry by William Hewitt Includes: The Story of Andersonville and Florence by James N. Miller Contents: The regimental history of the unit originally published in 1892 The Story of Andersonville and Florence by prisoner of...

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The First Campaign Driving Tour

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

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The Moccasin Rangers

Civilian War in West Virginia, 1861-1863, by George A. Hall. This is an evening program held in the West Virginia Archives and History Library on May 12, 2011. George A. Hall provided a lecture on the Moccasin Rangers, a Confederate guerilla unit that operated in...

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Soldier of the Union by Ken Hechler

At the July 14, 2011, Thursday night West Virginia Archives and History genealogy program in the West Virginia State Archives library in Charleston, Ken Hechler, author, his­torian, and political figure, made a presentation on his new book Soldier of the Union, which...

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