They were the events that shaped the birth of a state. Come see the Civil War remembered in West Virginia. The past comes alive during re-enactments where the real battles actually took place. Experience what you studied in history class by taking a walking or driving tour of Civil War sites. Or see an outdoor theater production that brings West Virginia’s story to the stage.

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The American Civil War raged for four years (1861-1865), pitting brother against brother at the cost of more than 600,000 lives. Out of the war, however, rose a new state, the only one created as a direct result of the war – West Virginia.



Civil War Sites in West VirginiaWest Virginia Civil War sites
View a comprehensive list of Civil War Battlefields, Civil War cemeteries, and other sites of interest. Some sites belong to one of two multi-state Civil War driving tour programs including the following: 1) Civil War Trails, a program that identifies, interprets and creates driving tours of Civil War sites; and 2) The Civil War Discovery Trail.

 


Civil War Reenactments in West VirginiaWest Virginia Civil War events
West Virginia, born of a nation divided, was the setting for the First Campaign of America’s Civil War. See some of the sites and events associated with the First Campaign and provide an entertaining and educational experience. The whole family can watch history come alive at these events.


West Virginia Civil War history
The slavery question, which between 1830 and 1860 tore at the fabric of the nation, left the Commonwealth of Virginia equally as divided.

Whether you’re a scholar, a historian, or just an interested party, commemorate this monumental anniversary with a walk or drive through history. The following events are a guideline to help plan your tour.

  • The First Campaign
  • The Battle of Philippi
  • Some West Virginia Civil War Firsts
  • McNeill’s Rangers
  • Honey in the Rock 

West Virginia commemorates 150th anniversary of the Civil War

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The harrowing battle raged for four years, pitting brother against brother at the cost of more than 600,000 lives. Out of the war, however, there rose a new state, and the only created as a direct result of the war – West Virginia.

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