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Civil War Sesquicentennial

6/5/2007
On the Trail: West Virginia in the Civil War

On the Trail of WV Conflicts

Re-enactments and 1860s-era sites characterize West Virginia's Civil War Heritage and First Campaign Trails.* 

By Susan J. Young

As the only state born out of the Civil War, West Virginia offers “Civil War Heritage” and “First Campaign Trail” brochures to visitors. These handy pieces showcase 25 Civil War history sites, explain their significance, and ante up directions for tourists. They also focus on West Virginia’s Civil War role and the state’s path to statehood.

The “First Campaign Trail” brochure is tailored to the first Civil War logistical movement. Twelve sites are profiled. The the trail starts in Wheeling and ends in Barrow.

Stops along the way include Grafton, where the first casualty occurred and Philippi, where Union and Confederate troops first clashed. Installed in 2006, “First Campaign Trail” site markers are helping guide visitors to the sites.

Request the two free Civil War brochures from West Virginia welcome centers, convention and visitors bureaus, museums or historical societies. Call 800-CALL-WVA or visit www.wvtourism.com

*Photo are owned, copyrighted and used with permission of the West Virginia Office of Tourism. All rights reserved. Please do not link to or copy these photos. Thank you.


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