Appalachians were very much involved in the Civil War, and there is an entire segment of the population that researches the history of the era, conducts reenactments of the Civil War battles, and supports historical society efforts. Spencer, WV saw a small skirmish and has a couple of markers; Ripley tells a story about the robbery of the post office and the last public hanging in the United States. Another interesting story pits family members on different sides; we'll gather some documentation of the sites close to Spencer, WV.
Spencer, WV - a fake cannon on a hilltop Here is a gallery of pictures of a Civil War site; look at the top of the picture in on the right edge.
The monument on the left is in Spencer, WV. The accompanying pictures are in this photo album.
We have a sister-website with more Blue Gray Trail information, located here:
The Veterans Museum of Mid-Ohio valley has a small display with some civil war content; a more thorough description of the museum is on the History - Veterans Museum page.
West Virginia has a wonderful history of activity in the Civil War and there are numbers of monuments commemorating specific events. We’ll include some of the pictures eventually. In the meantime, here is a shot of a replica Civil War era cannon firing a solid concrete projectile (the size of a can of tomato paste).