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History of Logan County, West Virginia Paperback – August 11, 2010


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC (August 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982493975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982493977
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Kinchen on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
By David M. Kinchen

August 2010 is a milestone month for history buffs in West Virginia with the publication by Woodland Press LLC of Chapmanville, Logan County, of G.T. Swain's "History of Logan County West Virginia" (384 pages, $29.95, quality paperback, available on www.amazon.com and local bookstores).

Swain was a Logan County journalist and prolific writer when he published this comprehensive book in 1927. He personally knew many, if not most of the people who wrote about, including Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, of Hatfield & McCoy feud fame and the boss or czar of Logan County, Sheriff Don Chafin.

Swain's still very readable book was not what would be called objective history -- if such a beast exists. If Swain likes somebody, as he obviously likes Chafin, he likes him on every page. Swain's account of the mine wars and the Battle of Blair Mountain makes a hero out of Chafin.

Here's what Wikpedia has to say about Chafin:

Don Chafin (June 26, 1887 - August 9, 1954) was the shefiff of Logan County, West Virginia and a commander in the Battle of Blair Mountain. As sheriff of Logan County, Chafin was a fierce opponent of unionization and received hundreds of thousands of dollars from coal mine operators in return for his violent suppression of the United Mine Workers union.
Chafin's most notable anti-union measures came during the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, when he organized an effort to prevent armed miners from crossing through Logan County. He assembled a force of thousands of local townspeople, sheriff's deputies, and national guardsmen. His forces successfully prevented the advance of the miners until federal troops intervened and forced the latter to disperse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Watson on April 13, 2013
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I got this and Images of Logan County. If you can, get both. I also got this for my brother for his birthday, and he absolutely loved it. If you're interested in where you were born, of even just a history buff, you need to get this.
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By Nancy Rush on May 2, 2012
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I have seen sections of this book in my Geneology research. I was thrilled to find it back in print. With many people doing family trees I feel more of these types of books either old or new would be very beneficial with regards to families in all regions. I have gone through it a couple of times and enjoy reading information that fills in the gaps of what I had been told years ago.
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