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Old 12-31-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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The “northern panhandle” got its current shape due to the final settlement of the boundary disputes caused by the land grants given to George Calvert, the First Lord Baltimore, in 1632 and William Penn in 1681 which took land from Virginia. Within three months, Penn in England had agencies selling land already “settled” by Virginians.

The French controlled a great deal of the area via their allies. As part of the Seven Year’s War aka the French and Indian War in 1755, Washington and Braddock left Carlyle House in Alexandria, Va. with British regular forces and Virginia militia to capture the French Fort Duquesne (the site of current Pittsburgh). Among the wagoners were Daniel Boone and Daniel Morgan. Braddock's defeat was a major setback for the British. The fort was destroyed by the French in 1758 when they retreated from the area. Fort Pitt was built adjacent to that site by the British from 1759 to 1761. They turned it over to the colonists in 1772. At that time, the Pittsburgh area was claimed by the colonies of both Virginia and Pennsylvania, which struggled for power over the region.

Alexander Scott Withers wrote Chronicles of Border Warfare, published in 1831 about massacres caused by the conflicting claims. He lived in Clarksburg and surrounding areas from 1827 on and was a teacher of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in the Lewis County schools.

(Taken from a number of websites) Until housing development expansion, one could actually be on Braddock’s route thru Va. and I’ve ridden over the route in Alexandria and Fairfax and watched reenactments of the colonial troops at Carlyle House.

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Old 12-31-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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I have heard controlling western Virginia was crucial as it contained the east/west railroad lines - i.e. B&O, it was crucial that the union remained in control of northwest Virginia (now WV) These lines supplied Ohio, Indiana and the midwest. As to the borders, the Virginia border was decided at the time of "secession" from Virginia. The other borders are based on waterways, thus curvy. Exception is the Mason Dixon line.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:19 AM
 
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Sorry about the messed up link to the Pierpoint letter. Here it is-
A. W. Campbell would be Alexander Campbell of Bethany. He was the founder of Bethany College and also the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and a known Confederate sympathizer. He was personal friends with Jefferson Davis.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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I have heard controlling western Virginia was crucial as it contained the east/west railroad lines - i.e. B&O, it was crucial that the union remained in control of northwest Virginia (now WV) These lines supplied Ohio, Indiana and the midwest. As to the borders, the Virginia border was decided at the time of "secession" from Virginia. The other borders are based on waterways, thus curvy. Exception is the Mason Dixon line.
Yes. There are really two aspects to the borders of WV: Those borders "inherited" from Virginia, which date to colonial times, and those that were decided when WV seceded from Virginia during the Civil War (or, if you prefer, when WV took the place of Virginia when VA joined the Confederacy).

After much squabbling, in the 1760s Mason and Dixon were engaged to survey a line west from the Philadelphia area at 39 degrees 43 minutes north latitude. (An earlier grant had defined Maryland as extending as far north as the 40th parallel, which would have placed Philadelphia in the Maryland colony.) Pennsylvania's southern border was defined as extending 5 degrees west of the Delaware River.

Mason and Dixon only surveyed to about 31 miles east of Pennsylvania's south-west corner (near the present Mt. Morris PA), as their Iroquois guides would not enter territory of the Lenape tribe. It was not until 1784 that Rittenhouse and Ellicott extended the line to the "five degrees from the Delaware" point, thus marking the western border of Pennsylvania. Later the line was extended to the Ohio River, where it marks the border of Marshall and Wetzel Counties.

Thus, the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia is one of the "inherited" borders; it was the Northern Panhandle of Virginia for close to 100 years.
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