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McDowell County had no slaves in 1860, but when civil war came in 1861 many residents supported the Confederacy and the county took no part in early WV statehood efforts. Constitutional Convention delegates debated the inclusion of McDowell and nearby counties before giving approval. J.P. Hoback represented the county at the convention from 1862 until his death in 1863.


In 2011 and 2012, Archives and History received $256,000 in grants to create 160 new highway historical markers on the Civil War in West Virginia and the creation of the Mountain State. Funding was provided by the United States Department of Transportation, the West Virginia Division of Highways, and the West Virginia State Legislature. Each county will receive at least two markers. Staff members and interns have worked to determine topics, conduct research, and write the marker texts, calling upon historians and local historical societies for insight when needed. Local groups and regional DOH offices, particularly the district sign shops, have greatly aided Archives and History in placing the new markers in locations that are both appropriate and accessible. 

McDowell County had no slaves in 1860, but when civil war came in 1861 many residents supported the Confederacy and the county took no part in early WV statehood efforts. Constitutional Convention delegates debated the inclusion of McDowell and nearby counties before giving approval. J.P. Hoback represented the county at the convention from 1862 until his death in 1863. 

Accessed March 13th 2020. http://www.wvculture.org/history/markers/sesqui/mcdowellinthecivilwar.html.