West Virginia Civil War Battlefields
A tour of WV's major Civil War battlefields. The state is home to a rich Civil War history with hundreds of sites, including Stonewall Jackson's childhood home, but this tour only includes the well-marked and better-preserved battlefields. West Virginia's rugged topography kept it from becoming a "major" theater of war, but it saw its fair share of major personalities--including the early commands of Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan, and the Union Army service of future presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley. And though not officially recognized as a "border" state, West Virginia's loyalties were violently split, often resulting in family members serving on opposite sides. Many of the units who fought each other again and again in these battles hailed from West Virginia, as well, and were well acquainted with their enemies. So bitter was the struggle that in 1863, West Virginia became the only state in the Union ever to split from an existing state.