December 2, 2010
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has published “The Civil War in West Virginia,” a 13-month calendar highlighting a Civil War timeline featuring major events of the era and the importance of preserving Civil War resources. The public is invited to request a copy of the free calendar while supplies last.
“Our annual calendar showcases many of the Mountain State’s historic and architectural treasures. This year, we focused on the Civil War, which begins its sesquicentennial, as part of our own statehood anniversary which is approaching in 2013,” said Susan Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer for the Division.
Each month, the calendar focuses upon a different aspect of the Civil War in West Virginia, including the Battle of Philippi, Barbour County; the first land battle of the Civil War; Civil War monuments such as the Confederate Monument in Union, Monroe County; Weston State Hospital, Lewis County; earthworks such as the trenches at Beverly and Cheat Summit Fort in Randolph County; the Battle of Lewisburg, Greenbrier County; West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, Ohio County, which served as the capitol of the Restored Government of Virginia loyal to the Union; the Battles of Rich Mountain in Randolph County and Laurel Hill in Barbour County; women of the Civil War such as Nancy Hart, Phoebe Warner and Belle Boyd, who served as a spy and courier for General “Stonewall” Jackson; the Battle of Carnifex Ferry, Nicholas County; the Battles of Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, Jefferson County; the Battle of Droop Mountain, Pocahontas County, site of the last major Civil War fight in West Virginia; the Battle of Camp Allegheny, Pocahontas County; and headquarters and surviving buildings of the Civil War.
To request a free copy of the calendar, write to West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 2011 Calendar, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard., E., Charleston, W.Va. 25305 or call Conni McMorris at (304) 558-0240, or e-mail her at [email protected]. “The Civil War in West Virginia” 2011 calendar was funded in part by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
With the leadership of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.