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5 Fun Facts About April 13 In West Virginia History

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1. The Battle of Charleston occurred on April 13, 1862, during the American Civil War. Confederate forces led by General John B. Floyd attempted to retake Charleston, West Virginia, which had been occupied by Union troops. Despite outnumbering the Union forces, the Confederates were unsuccessful in their attack.

2. The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum opened its doors in Matewan, West Virginia, on April 13, 2015. The museum commemorates the struggles and sacrifices of coal miners who fought for better working conditions and wages during the early 20th century.

3. On April 13, 1898, the West Virginia State Capitol building was dedicated. The building was designed by Cass Gilbert, who later became famous for his design of the United States Supreme Court building. The West Virginia State Capitol is still in use today and is a popular tourist attraction.

4. The USS West Virginia, a battleship that was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor, was commissioned on April 13, 1923. The ship is named after the state of West Virginia and served in World War II before being decommissioned in 1947 and eventually scrapped.

5. West Virginia University was founded on April 13, 1867, as the Agricultural College of West Virginia. The university has since grown to become a major research institution and is known for its programs in medicine, law, and engineering. WVU also has a strong athletic program and is a member of the Big 12 Conference.
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