West Virginians may well have played a critical role in saving the Union during the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, P....
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No, not according to me, according to the historians, Whitelaw Reid "Ohio in the War" and the "Official Roster of the Soldiers of Ohio in the War of Rebellion, 12 vols. Also according to Dr. Mark Snell, "West Virginia and the Civil War" who said "Although there were far more West Virginians who had served the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg, the sacrifices of these veterans were not officially commemorated by the state government." (pg. 194) So, as you see, the story of Gettysburg & West Virginia has not been told truthfully.
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Here's to my Great-Great Grandfather who was there and must have been the only West Virginian there according to this genius.
This is hardly the story of West Virginians at Gettysburg. Of the 4 Union units from West Virginia, about half the men were from Ohio and Penn. There were probably 5 times the number of West Virginians in gray at Gettysburg than blue, notably in the brigades of A.G. Jenkins, John Imboden and the Stonewall Brigade. Likewise, the West Virginia monument at Vicksburg is to the 4th WV, which was mostly from Ohio. The bust on top of that monument is to Azra Goodspeed, of Athens, OH. Anyone interested in the details can watch a video on Youtube called West Virginians at Gettysburg.
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