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Born in Monongalia County in 1827, he was a delegate to the First and Second Wheeling Conventions and a member of the Restored Government of Virginia. Appointed colonel of the 7th WV Infantry in 1862, he was wounded at Fredericksburg. In late 1863, he was given command of the 4th WV Cavalry. He served several terms in the legislature after the war. Snider died January 8, 1904.


  • Joseph Snider Historical Marker
  • Colonel Joseph Snider

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. 

1. "Biography of Colonel Joseph Snider." West Virginia Archives & History. Web. Accessed June 23, 2020. http://www.wvculture.org/history/snider/sniderbi.html

2. Colonel Joseph Snider Letters. West Virginia Archives & History. Web. Accessed June 23, 2020. http://www.wvculture.org/history/snider/snider.html

Image Sources(Click to expand)

West Virginia Archives & History, http://www.wvculture.org/history/markers/sesqui/josephsnider.html

West Virginia & Regional History Center, https://wvhistoryonview.org/catalog/039060