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5 Fun Facts About July 13 In West Virginia History

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1. On July 13, 1863, during the American Civil War, Confederate forces under General John D. Imboden raided the town of Beverly, West Virginia. The Confederates burned several buildings, destroyed supplies, and captured several Union soldiers.

2. The Tygart Valley Homesteads Historic District in Randolph County, West Virginia was dedicated on July 13, 1985. The historic district is a New Deal-era planned community that was created to provide affordable housing and jobs for struggling families during the Great Depression.

3. On July 13, 1931, the West Virginia state legislature passed a law allowing the state to take control of the newly-formed West Virginia Turnpike Commission. The commission was tasked with building and operating the West Virginia Turnpike, which was the first modern toll road in the state.

4. The West Virginia Mine Wars began on July 13, 1912, when nearly 100 miners were arrested for protesting and striking at the Paint Creek and Cabin Creek coal mines. The conflict escalated into violence and continued for several years, resulting in dozens of deaths and the involvement of the U.S. military.

5. On July 13, 1861, the first major battle of the American Civil War in the Mountain State took place at Corricks Ford in Tucker County. Union forces under General Thomas A. Morris defeated a Confederate army under General Robert S. Garnett, who was killed in the battle.
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