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Southwestern Virginia Besieged

Brian D. McKnight

in Contested Borderland

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780813123899
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134895 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.003.0009
Southwestern Virginia Besieged

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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

Chapter.  8021 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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