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Daughters, Sons of The Mountains

March 17, 2013

Among the more than 1,300 monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield is one to the 7th West Virginia Infantry, erected on the spot where the Union regiment helped repel a Confederate charge that nearl......

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Apr-29-13 11:18 PM

Rusty1. Sorry, but no. Shepherd University's George Tyler Moore Center has done a new count of West Virginia's soldiers, and West Virginia sent about the same number of men to the Confederacy as to the Union, about 20,000 to each.

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Mar-21-13 8:23 AM

West Virginia sent 35 thousand troops to the Union army and about 10 thousand to Confederacy.

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Mar-17-13 7:42 PM

It must be PC chic to denigrate the founding of WV as a free state breakaway from Virginia. For sure there were many mountaineers who did serve in the confederacy because their family history was toward VA. I have been fascinated by WV history and how that breakaway happened, and the abolitionists (including John Brown) who made a stand against slavery. The letters home of WV soldiers are pretty clear about their views. As a ballot issue slavery got few votes for. Perhaps because we were mostly poor immigrants/laborers/miners slavery had no appeal to us. WV was also Lee's first major defeat. If the population were all pro slave/pro CSA they would have had more support when they moved troops into WV. I know, we did not vote for Obama so we must be all pro slavery. But we rejected slavery and the CSA. We were too poor to be Dixie Democrats either and it did not take Fed troops to desegregate WV schools.

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Mar-17-13 2:45 PM

It might interest you and your readers to know that there is no monument at Gettysburg to the largest number of "Sons of the Mountains", the West Virginians in Confederate service, about 4 times the number in Union service. The 7th WV Infantry was about 1/3 non-WVian, the 1st WV Infantry was about 2/3 non-WVian, the 2 companies of the 3rd WV Cavalry were mostly WVian, and Artillery Co. B was from Ohio. The greatest number of West Virginians were Confederate, and they are buried in mass graves with no monument or recognition from our state, which itself was at least half Confederate. The ghosts of Wheeling continue to distort the history of the state.

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