THIS WEEK IN W.VA. HISTORY
The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org.
SEPT. 8, 1862: Raiders led by Confederate Gen. Albert G. Jenkins, a Cabell County native, rode into Barboursville. They skirmished with the enemy, then rode into Wayne, Logan, and Raleigh counties.
SEPT. 8, 1947: Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) moved to its current location on the south side of the Kanawha River.
SEPT. 9, 1839: Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield was born in Mingo County. He was the patriarch of the Hatfield family and their leader during the Hatfield-McCoy feud.
SEPT. 10, 1782: Frontier heroine Betty Zane is credited with saving Fort Henry in Wheeling during an attack by the British and Indians. According to one account, Zane sprinted across a field to retrieve gunpowder from the Zane family cabin.
SEPT. 10, 1861: The Battle of Carnifex Ferry took place on the Gauley River.
SEPT. 10, 1996: Movie and television actress Joanne Dru died in Los Angeles. Dru was born Joan Letitia Lacock in Logan. Her movie career included more than 40 films.
SEPT. 12, 1861: The Battle of Cheat Mountain was fought near the Randolph-Pocahontas County line. Gen. Robert E. Lee came into western Virginia to give support to Gen. William W. Loring, commander of the Army of Northwestern Virginia, but the battle ended in a defeat for the Confederacy.
SEPT. 12, 1872: The Great Bend Tunnel was completed. The tunnel, also known as Big Bend Tunnel, is the place where John Henry defeated the steam drill, becoming one of the world's great folk heroes.
SEPT. 12, 1952: A group of local youths were startled from a game of football by a fireball streaking across the sky. The fireball fell to earth just beyond a hillside at Flatwoods. This sighting led to the legend of the Braxton County Monster.
SEPT. 12, 1960: Ohio Valley College in Parkersburg began operation as a junior college. The private college, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, changed its name to Ohio Valley University in 2005.
SEPT. 12, 1974: Kanawha County schools were closed for four days because of an escalation in violence during the Kanawha County textbook controversy.
SEPT. 13, 1848: Attorney "J. R." Clifford was born in present Grant County. In 1887, Clifford became the first African-American admitted to practice law before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He was one of the first lawyers in the nation to challenge segregated schools.
SEPT. 13, 1862: Confederate and Union forces clashed in Charleston. Southern artillery gained the heights on Fort Hill and smashed the federals who were lining the west bank of the Elk.
SEPT. 13, 1910: Musician Leon "Chu" Berry was born in Wheeling. He was one of the most highly regarded saxophonists of the swing era.
SEPT. 14, 1898: Okey L. Patteson was born in Mingo County. Patteson, called the "Great Persuader," tackled difficult decisions as West Virginia's 23rd governor from 1949 to 1953.
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