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5 Fun Facts About September 4 In West Virginia History

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1. On September 4, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee began his first invasion of the North with an army of approximately 55,000 soldiers. The march into Maryland and Pennsylvania would eventually lead to the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.

2. In 1905, on September 4, the town of Bramwell, West Virginia, was incorporated. Bramwell is known for its well-preserved historic homes and served as a hub for the region's coal industry in the early 20th century.

3. September 4, 1924, saw the birth of William "Bud" Fields, a West Virginia native who became known as "The Last American Pirate." Fields was a moonshiner who became infamous for running a pirate radio station from a mountain cabin in order to promote his bootlegged alcohol.

4. On September 4, 1957, nine African American students attempted to enroll at the previously all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The incident sparked national attention and controversy, and West Virginia became one of the first states to offer assistance to the students and their families.

5. The West Virginia State Fair, one of the state's largest annual events, often falls during the first week of September, including September 4. The fair features livestock shows, carnival rides, live music, and more, drawing thousands of visitors from around the region every year.
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