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Old 01-18-2015, 05:27 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Why West Virginia Really Sided with the North in the Civil War:


Here's an interesting article. It pretty clearly spells out why the Northern Panhandle wanted to remain with the Union, even though they didn't vote for Lincoln.

Why West Virginia Really Sided with the North in the Civil War - Appalachian Magazine


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Old 01-18-2015, 11:36 PM
 
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Very interesting, ... thanks for posting. In fact, there was a large contingent of Confederates from Wheeling who fought under Stonewall Jackson in the Civil War. The Shriver Grays was a company of Confederate soldiers entirely from Wheeling and environs formed in North Wheeling. Also Bethany, considerably north of Wheeling and only 3 miles from PA, and relatively close to Pittsburgh, was a Confederate leaning town. West Liberty, 3 miles further south, was Federal. Animosity between the two towns was not resolved until after World War 2, and the colleges located in the two towns would not play each other in athletics until that time.

Contrary to popular belief the Civil War was not entirely geographically defined. The entire eastern part of Tennessee was loyal to the Union, as was a county in Mississippi. And many residents in southern PA were Confederate sympathizers. Culp's Hill was a major defining point in the Battle of Gettysburg, but Pvt. Culp of the Confederate Army was killed on his own family's farm there.
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