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Contested BorderlandThe Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia$
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Brian D. McKnight

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123899

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.001.0001

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Southwestern Virginia Besieged

Southwestern Virginia Besieged

May–September 1863

(p.151) 8 Southwestern Virginia Besieged
Contested Borderland

Brian D. McKnight

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the condition in war-torn southwestern Virginia during the period from May to September 1863. During this period, the intensity of partisan violence increased dramatically throughout the area. The chapter suggests that though no single individual can be held accountable for the increase in hostilities, pro-Confederate guerrilla Nathaniel Menefee's August 1862 raid on Unionist John Dils' store in Piketon, Kentucky, acted as a catalyst for the increase in guerrilla warfare in the mountains.

Keywords:   southwestern Virginia, partisan violence, Nathanial Menefee, John Dils, Piketon, Kentucky

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