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Geocache challenge to celebrate W.Va.’s 150th birthday

August 9, 2013 PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia sesquicentennial will be celebrated with the launch of the geocaching enthusiast group ExploreWV. more »»

Paying tribute to the ‘Sons’

July 22, 2013 West Virginians may well have played a critical role in saving the Union during the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, Pa. more »»

Local re-enactors participate in the Battle of Gettysburg

July 6, 2013 PARKERSBURG — Local Civil War re-enactors are involved in the re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. more »»

Civil War: Parkersburg played a major role in W.Va.’s birth

June 30, 2013 We have now celebrated our state’s birthday of 150 years ago — in the midst of a horrible Civil War. more »»

Society dedicates plaque to infantry member

June 26, 2013 HARRISVILLE — The Anne Royall Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on June 22 dedicated a plaque in memory of a Civil War general from Harrisville. Gen. more »»

Historian’s book explores Stovepipe Johnson's retreat through West Virginia

June 25, 2013 PAKERSBURG — A noted Civil War historian from Parkersburg has written a book about Stovepipe Johnson’s retreat through West Virginia after the Battle of Buffington Island on July 19, 186. more »»

State’s 150th birthday special to daughter of Civil War veteran

June 22, 2013 PARKERSBURG —Most West Virginians take pride in celebrating the state’s birthday, particularly Thursday’s sesquicentennial. For 97-year-old Rachel Perine, the day is particularly specia. more »»

Enoch explains origins of West Virginia’s seal

June 21, 2013 VIENNA — A relatively unknown local man played an important role in the formation of the State of West Virginia, a historian told a group of senior citizens in Vienna Thursday as part of celebration... more »»

Civil War soldiers buried in Wood County

June 20, 2013 PARKERSBURG — A local woman is compiling a list of all of the Civil War soldiers buried in Wood County. more »»

Wood County slaves freed before Civil War

June 20, 2013 PARKERSBURG — Although the Civil War abolished slavery throughout the United States, most of Wood County’s slaves had been freed before the end of the conflict, a local historian said. more »»

Parkersburg had key players in W.Va.’s history

June 20, 2013 From Staff Reports PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg was a key player in much of West Virginia’s history. Several major players in the state’s forming lived in the city including Joseph H. more »»

Moccasin Rangers led civilian fighters in western Virginia

June 20, 2013 By JEFFREY SAULTON jsaulton@newsandsentinel. more »»

Arthur Ingram Borman

June 20, 2013 Arthur Ingram Boreman (July 24, 1823-April 19, 1896) was the first governor of West Virginia, elected to the office in 1863, 1864 and 1866. Boreman was born in Waynesburg, Pa. more »»

Formation of state of W.Va. began in 1860

June 20, 2013 According to the West Virginia Department of Culture and History the process for the formation of the new state of West Virginia began on Nov. 15, 1860, when then Virginia Gov. more »»

Stonewall from Clarksburg, despite plaque

June 20, 2013 PARKERSBURG — Whatever claim Parkersburg has as the birthplace of famed Confederate Civil War Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson has been put to rest. more »»

Van Winkle began his law practice in Parkersburg

June 20, 2013 Peter Godwin Van Winkle (Sept. 7, 1808-April 15, 1872) was a United States senator from West Virginia. Born in New York City, he completed preparatory studies, studied law and was admitted to the bar. more »»

Diss Debar created State Seal of W.Va.

June 20, 2013 Joseph H. Diss Debar (1817-1906), formerly of Parkersburg, is best known for creating the State Seal of West Virginia following the creation of the new state during the Civil Wa. more »»

West Virginia: A Timeline

June 20, 2013 The following is a timeline of the formation of West Virginia as the 35th state. 1860 - Nov. 6 — Abraham Lincoln elected as the 16 President, gaining only 39.8 percent of the popular vote. - Dec. more »»

Civil War skimishes broke out in Wirt County in 1861

June 20, 2013 PARKERSBURG — The first notable skirmishes of the Civil War in Wirt County took place 150 years ago in October 1861. more »»



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