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Civil War: Protecting Unionists and the road to a new state

May 13, 2012
By DAVE McKAIN - Civil War Op-Ed , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

By the middle of April 1862, the guerillas in Wirt, Calhoun and Roane counties were making their presence known, not to just at military targets but at civilian homes as well. You were a target if you believed in preserving the Union or were a Yankee. After the skirmish at Arnoldsburg, Col. Perry Hays took his 200 guerillas to Camp Big Bend in Calhoun County. Col. J.C. Rathbone was already headquartered at Spencer and had a company at Burning Springs and Elizabeth.



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