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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Mercer_County,_West_Virginia|Mercer County]]''
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Guide to '''Mercer County West Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 1716, <br>Princeton, WV 24740<br>Phone: 304-487-8311<br>[http://www.courtreference.com/Mercer-County-West-Virginia-Courts.htm '''Mercer County Website''']
 
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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Mercer County, West Virginia|Mercer County]]''
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[[Image:Mercer County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px]]
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County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1853; probate and land recrods from 1837; Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1837<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, West Virginia. Page 744 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
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'''Mercer County Court House'''<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 1716, Princeton, WV 24740<br>304-487-8311
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*County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1853; probate and land recrods from 1837; Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1837<ref name="Handybook"/>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/bluebook.htm Official Blue Book of Mercer County, West Virginia] by Charles B Hedrick
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[http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/wv/Mercer/merhistory.html Early History of Mercer County]<br>[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/bluebook.htm Official Blue Book of Mercer County, West Virginia] by Charles B Hedrick<br>[http://www.mercercounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx Welcome to Mercer County, West Virginia]<br>[http://www.visitmercercounty.com/ Mercer County, West Virginia Discover America's Coal Story]
  
 
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/athens.html Athens West Virginia]
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[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/athens.html Athens West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/glenwood.html Glenwood, West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/pisgah.html Pisgah Community, West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/spanish.html Spanishburg Community, West Virginia]  
 
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[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/glenwood.html Glenwood, West Virginia]
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[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/pisgah.html Pisgah Community, West Virginia]
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[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/spanish.html Spanishburg Community, West Virginia]
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Wyoming County, West Virginia|Wyoming]]
 
*[[Wyoming County, West Virginia|Wyoming]]
  
== Resources ==
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==== Cemetery  ====
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/mercer.htm Tombstone Transcription Project Mercer County]<br>[http://www.angelfire.com/wv/akers/mercer.html Cemeteries Located in Mercery County, West Virginia]
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/mercndx7.txt {{WVcensus}}&nbsp;]
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/mercndx7.txt Index to the 1870 Mercer County, West Virginia Census]
  
Join us in indexing the [https://www.familysearch.org/1940census 1940 Census]
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==== Church Records ====
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LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
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==== Court  ====
 
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==== Land ====
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==== Genealogy ====
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*'''[Harman]''' Harman, John Newton. ''Harman Genealogy (Southern Branch): With Biographical Sketches, 1700-1924.'' Richmond, Va.: W.C. Hill Print. Co., 1925. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=19623 Ancestry] ($).
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==== Land ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
Johnston, Daniel E&nbsp; [http://www.kinyon.com/westvirginia/midnewriver/contents.htm ''A History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous'' ]Kinyon Digital Library
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Johnston, Daniel E&nbsp; [http://www.kinyon.com/westvirginia/midnewriver/contents.htm ''A History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous'' ]Kinyon Digital Library  
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]  
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[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]<br>[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=mercer+county,+west+virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884e684d7723eaf1:0xfaea783bd846d2ec,Mercer,+WV&gl=us&ei=usiRT8rlFpHJiQL3j8iBAw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CEIQ8gEwAg Mercer County West Virginia Map]  
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
 
*West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
 
  
 
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
 
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
  
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West Virginia, {{RecordSearch|1909003|Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}}
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:- [[8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. '''Company D (1st)''' (French's Company), '''Company E''' (Border Rangers) and '''Company H''' (Tazewell Troop).<ref>Jack L. Dickinson, ''8th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). {{FHL|498421|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 25}}.</ref>
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:- [[23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry Reserves (Confederate)]]. Company B (The Blue Stone Greys).<ref>J.L. Scott, ''23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1991). {{FHL|479129|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 79}}.</ref>
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:- [[24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company G.<ref>Ralph White Gunn, ''24th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). {{FHL|577176|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34}}.</ref>
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:- [[26th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Edgar's) (Confederate)|26th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Edgar's) (Confederate)]]. Company C.<ref>Terry Lowry, ''26th Battalion Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). {{FHL|570993|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 81}}.</ref>
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:- [[30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate)|30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate)]]. Company A.<ref>Michael West, ''30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). {{FHL|746071|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108}}.</ref>
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:- [[34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate)|34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate)]]. Company K.<ref>Scott C. Cole, ''34th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). {{FHL|676842|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94}}.</ref>
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:- [[59th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|59th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company I2 (Princeton Guard).<ref>G.L. Sherwood and Jeffrey C. Weaver, ''59th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|197669|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 107}}.</ref>
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:- [[60th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (3rd Regiment, Wise Legion) (Confederate)|60th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (3rd Regiment, Wise Legion) (Confederate)]]. Companies 2H (Richmond Light Guard) and I.<ref>J.L. Scott, ''60th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). {{FHL|650284|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 130}}.</ref>
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*West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Mercer County.
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*May 15 - 17, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv009.htm Princeton Court House, also known as Princeton Court House, WV<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv009.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 20 September 2012)</ref>]
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/WVmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in West Virginia.
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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===== Online West Virginia Tax site  =====
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Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/hockett/mercerwvdeaths.htm Mercer County, West Virginia Death Records]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
'''Mercer Co Historical Society<br>P.O. Box 5012 <br>Princeton, WV 24740.<br>[mailto:mercercountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com mercercountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com]&nbsp;<br>'''  
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'''[http://www.mercercountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Mercer Co Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 5012 <br>Princeton, WV 24740.<br>'''  
  
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The closest family history centers are the [[Huntington West Virginia Family History Center|Huntington Family History Center]] and the [[Charleston West Virginia Family History Center|Charleston Family History Center]].  
 
The closest family history centers are the [[Huntington West Virginia Family History Center|Huntington Family History Center]] and the [[Charleston West Virginia Family History Center|Charleston Family History Center]].  
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/misadven.htm Book One Western Virginia]&nbsp;An old&nbsp; man's thrilling experiences in Mercer County.  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/misadven.htm Book One Western Virginia]&nbsp;An old&nbsp; man's thrilling experiences in Mercer County.  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/merc-tel.htm The New Dailey Telegraph]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/merc-tel.htm The New Dailey Telegraph]  
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  West Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Mercer County

Guide to Mercer County West Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Mercer County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Mercer County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 17, 1837
County Seat Princeton
Courthouse
Mercer County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Mercer County Courthouse

P O Box 1716,
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: 304-487-8311
Mercer County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1853; probate and land recrods from 1837; Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1837[1]

History

Early History of Mercer County
Official Blue Book of Mercer County, West Virginia by Charles B Hedrick
Welcome to Mercer County, West Virginia
Mercer County, West Virginia Discover America's Coal Story

Parent County

1837--Mercer County was created 17 March 1837 from Giles and Tazewell Counties (Virginia).
County seat: Princeton [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Mercer County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Athens West Virginia
Glenwood, West Virginia
Pisgah Community, West Virginia
Spanishburg Community, West Virginia

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Wvmercer.jpg

Cemetery

Tombstone Transcription Project Mercer County
Cemeteries Located in Mercery County, West Virginia

Census

For tips on accessing Mercer County, West Virginia census records online, see: West Virginia Census

Index to the 1870 Mercer County, West Virginia Census

 

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bluefield

Court

Genealogy

  • [Harman] Harman, John Newton. Harman Genealogy (Southern Branch): With Biographical Sketches, 1700-1924. Richmond, Va.: W.C. Hill Print. Co., 1925. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Land

Local Histories

Johnston, Daniel E  A History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Kinyon Digital Library

Maps

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia
Mercer County West Virginia Map

Military

Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Mercer County on page 135.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Mercer County, West Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Mercer County, West Virginia:

- 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company D (1st) (French's Company), Company E (Border Rangers) and Company H (Tazewell Troop).[3]
- 23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry Reserves (Confederate). Company B (The Blue Stone Greys).[4]
- 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company G.[5]
- 26th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Edgar's) (Confederate). Company C.[6]
- 30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate). Company A.[7]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company K.[8]
- 59th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company I2 (Princeton Guard).[9]
- 60th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (3rd Regiment, Wise Legion) (Confederate). Companies 2H (Richmond Light Guard) and I.[10]

Records and histories are available, including:


Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Mercer County.



Map showing Civil War battles in West Virginia.

Naturalization

West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

Newspapers

Probate

Mercer County, West Virginia Will Books 1838 - 1969
West Virginia Will Books

Taxation

Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Mercer Co Historical Society
P.O. Box 5012
Princeton, WV 24740.

Family History Centers

The closest family history centers are the Huntington Family History Center and the Charleston Family History Center.

Web Sites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, West Virginia. Page 744 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Jack L. Dickinson, 8th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 25.
  4. J.L. Scott, 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 79.
  5. Ralph White Gunn, 24th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34.
  6. Terry Lowry, 26th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 81.
  7. Michael West, 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108.
  8. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.
  9. G.L. Sherwood and Jeffrey C. Weaver, 59th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 107.
  10. J.L. Scott, 60th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 130.
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 20 September 2012)