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West Virginia Archives and History Library

Parkersburg: Guardian of the Union
January 23, 2014

On January 23, 2014, Dr. Michael Workman will present “Parkersburg: Guardian of the Union” at the Thursday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Workman will discuss the Civil War history of Parkersburg and Little Kanawha region. He will demonstrate the key role that the town and its political leadership played in the statehood movement and then focus on guerrilla warfare in the Little Kanawha Valley. The B&O Railroad's Parkersburg Branch formed the approximate border line between North and South in northwestern Virginia, so sentiment was divided in the Little Kanawha Valley. Rather than being a colorful sideshow, as it is often portrayed, this border war between Union forces and Confederate guerrillas was the war itself for most western Virginians.

Michael Workman earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and his masters and Ph.D in history from West Virginia University. A historian for the Institute for the History of Technology & Industrial Archaeology at WVU for a number of years, he has been an assistant professor at West Virginia State University since 2010. Workman has written and published on labor, industrial, and West Virginia history. His latest manuscript is a study of the Civil War as it impacted Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley.

For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

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