CBN News (Christian Broadcasting Network) recently aired a special segment on the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud -- coincidentally on the 97th anniversary of the baptism of the Hatfield family patriarch, Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield. Aspects of the six-minute news piece, taken from the book, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys, by Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield and F, Keith Davis, highlighted particular spiritual aspects surrounding the infamous feud and post-feud era that took place along the Kentucky and West Virginia borders. Wendy Griffith, co-anchor of CBN Newswatch and directly related to the Hatfields, visited Logan and Mingo Counties in July 2008 to conduct extensive research related to the family quarrel, and to interview Logan County historian Keith Davis for her upcoming special. Davis discussed the family battle and the post-feud years from the Hatfield perspective. He also focused on Devil Anse Hatfield's eventual spiritual conversion and baptism on Sept. 23, 1911. The baptism was conducted by Dyke Garrett, a circuit-riding preacher, near his homeplace, at Sarah Ann, WV. Davis added that after the most violent years, history tells us that a change took place in the Hatfield family leader's life. --CBN News, Virginia Beach (Excerpt)
This book is a pictorial history that features over 100 extremely rare and captivating photographs from both the McCoy and Hatfield families, including several that were originally published in Life Magazine in 1944. For many, the 192-page book is a much-anticipated companion to Dr. Hatfield's first bestseller, the biography of his great-grandfather Anderson Devil Anse Hatfield, entitled, The Tale Of The Devil, which is currently in its third printing. The result is an excellent read and powerful history lesson that we should all have in our home libraries. --Williamson Daily News, Mingo County, WV
About the Author
The late Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield, great-grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield, authored the book in collaboration with F. Keith Davis, southern West Virginia historian.