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Authors’ Civil War Lecture Set at Grave Creek Mound

Photo Provided Authors David Mellott and Mark Snell with West Virginia historian Rick Wolfe are shown behind the Lockwood Monument. Moundsville native Lt. Col. Jonathan Lockwood, figured prominently in their new book.

MOUNDSVILLE — Civil War authors David W. Mellott and Mark A. Snell will discuss their new book, “The Seventh West Virginia Infantry: An Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War’s Most Divided State” in the auditorium of Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex.

The lecture will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, and is open to the public free of charge. Copies of the book will be available from the authors at a meet-and-greet book signing with them after the lecture. The program is co-sponsored by the Marshall County Historical Society, Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library and Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, with special thanks to Jonathan and Roselyn Turak for their financial support.

The Seventh West Virginia Infantry, or “The Bloody Seventh” as it called itself after a few minor skirmishes in its relatively bloodless Romney campaign, earned its nickname many times over as the war progressed. Formed originally as the Seventh Virginia from the north central region of western Virginia (now West Virginia), its unit also included men from Monroe County, Ohio and Greene County, Pa. The Seventh West Virginia would eventually fight in many of the major campaigns of the Civil War in the Eastern Theater, including Winchester, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Petersburg. According to author Snell, its service during the war ranks with that of some of the greatest fighting Union regiments produced by the war.

Mellott is an avid student of history and retired attorney from Cleveland. During family research in the early 1990s, Mellott discovered that several of his ancestors from the Monroe County area fought in the Seventh West Virginia. He subsequently studied the regiment for more than a quarter century, and in the process located many of the soldiers’ descendants who contributed a number of never-before-seen primary source documents and photos.

Snell is a retired army officer and retired professor of history and director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He is the author of many works on Civil War history, including “West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free.”

The Grave Creek Mound auditorium is located at 801 Jefferson Ave. in Moundsville. For more information, contact the Marshall County Historical Society and Cockayne Farmstead at 304-845-1411. The program will also be live streamed and archived at facebook.com/gravecreekmound and facebook.com/cockaynefarmstead.

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