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5 Fun Facts About February 14 In West Virginia History

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1. The Battle of Fort Donelson - On February 14, 1862, in the midst of the Civil War, Union forces under Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant won a decisive victory over Confederate forces at the Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee. The victory secured Union control of the Cumberland River and opened up the way for the eventual capture of Nashville.

2. President's Day - While not specific to West Virginia, it is worth noting that February 14 marks the beginning of President's Day weekend in the United States. The holiday, which honors the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, is observed on the third Monday of February each year.

3. The Webster Springs Hotel Fire - On February 14, 1928, a fire broke out at the Webster Springs Hotel in Webster Springs, West Virginia. The hotel, which was a popular destination for tourists and health-seekers, was destroyed in the fire and eight guests lost their lives.

4. West Virginia Statehood - February 14 is also significant in West Virginia history as the date that the state was admitted to the Union in 1863. West Virginia was formed out of western Virginia during the Civil War and was admitted as the 35th state in the Union.

5. The Hatfield-McCoy Feud - While the exact dates of the infamous feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families are unclear, it is worth noting that the conflict likely spanned several years, with some of the most violent clashes occurring in the winter months. The feud, which centered around a series of land disputes and personal grudges, is often cited as one of the most famous feuds in American history.
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