Introduction


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In this effort to preserve the local history of the Civil War, the Calhoun County Historical and Genealogical Society appealed to the community for military documents, letters, biographies and traditional stories associated with Calhoun County and its soldiers. This publication represents the response to this appeal. The society expresses its sincere appreciation to all respondents.

In some cases contributors of traditional stories have cautioned us that the material submitted by them may contain errors or omissions. The society welcomes corrections and additions being called to its attention so that they may be included in the proposed history of Calhoun County.

The society is indeed indebted to Education Foundation, Inc., Charleston, West Virginia 25324, for four complete chapters of material reprinted from Boyd B. Stutler's West Virginia in the Civil War. Boyd B. Stutler (1889-1970), historian and author, was born at Coxs Mills, Gilmer County, West Virginia. He attended public schools in Gilmer and Calhoun counties. In 1961 Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia, conferred the Litt.D. degree upon him. Mr. Stutler was a printer for West Virginia newspapers, 1900-1907, and editor and publisher of the Grantsville News, 1907-17. In 1962 the American Association for State and Local History selected Mr. Stutler to receive the Award of Merit for the preparation of 107 feature articles based on original research on West Virginia's role in the Civil War.

Olivia Sue Lambert, Philippi, West Virginia 26416, generously granted permission for the society to use her book jacket design for this cover. This design was originally used for the History of Barbour County, published by the McClain Printing Company of Parsons, West Virginia. This artwork of Olivia Sue Lambert's has been an inspiration to us throughout the compilation of this material for she was able to paint a special meaning of the Civil War such as we desire to present in this booklet.


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