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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.
The Seventh West Virginia Infantry: An Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War’s Most Divided State
by David W. Mellott and Dr. Mark A. Snell
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 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
The Civil War in West Virginia: A Pictorial History, by Stan Cohen
Pictorial Guide to West Virginia’s Civil War Sites, by Stan Cohen
Images of the Civil War in West Virginia, by Terry Lowry and Stan Cohen
West Virginia in the Civil War (Images of America), by Richard A. Wolfe
West Virginia and the Civil War, by Dr. Mark A. Snell
The War Came by Train: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad During the Civil War, by Daniel Carroll Toomey
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
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
Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, by James I. Robertson, Jr.
Major Thomas Maley Harris, by H.E. Matheny
Brigadier General John D. Imboden, by Spencer C. Tucker
The Other Feud: William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield in the Civil War, by Dr. Philip Hatfield
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
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...
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...
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...
Now available from 35th Star Publishing of Charleston. My Reminiscences of the Civil War with the Stonewall Brigade and the Immortal 600 by Captain Alfred Mallory Edgar 27th Virginia Infantry, CSA Alfred Mallory Edgar was born on July 10, 1837, in Greenbrier County,...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
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...
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...