It was recently brought to my attention that there is a 150th anniversary of something around here – and not just the Civil War! Was it the establishment of Harper’s Ferry? No. John Brown’s Raid? No.
It is the 150th anniversary of the formation of West Virginia! It was the only state created during the Civil War and its creation may not have been but for the War which exacerbated Virginia’s already difficult governance of the region.
There are quite a few websites dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of West Virginia and they are generally very good. There is even a website featuring our own Chief Historian Dennis Frye discussing, of course, Harper’s Ferry and the Eastern Panhandle!
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has a website entitled: “Child of the Rebellion: An Archives and History Sesquicentennial Project.” Here you can find:
- Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
- Biographies of Statehood Leaders
- Biographies of Members of the First West Virginia Legislature Biographies of Western
- Virginia Delegates to the Richmond Convention
- West Virginia and the Civil War: Annotated Bibliography
- Timeline Trivia Question
- Sesquicentennial Moments
- West Virginia Union Militia Letters
- Civil War and Statehood Photographs
- “Military Events in West Virginia During the Civil War, 1861-1865,” by Allen W. Jones
- List, African American Soldiers from West Virginia
- List, Recruiting Officers in West Virginia
- Reminiscences, by T.B.A. David, 1908
- Election Precincts in West Virginia Counties
What a wonderful resource!