Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

I am sure that many intelligent readers of feud books wonder, as I did for several decades, why people believe the cartoonish feud yarns. more

Sep 29, 2015 4:56 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited 1 Comments

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Jun 29, 2015 4:57 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

You may have heard this story in its more popular version, which has turtles instead of rocks, but the earliest version discovered (1838) goes like this... more

Apr 1, 2015 4:21 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited 2 Comments

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

As this series is proving, much of the feud story is illogical, impossible or downright ludicrous. A surprising amount of it is also in clear conflict with official public records. more

Feb 24, 2015 10:46 AM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

From time to time someone will ask me, perhaps only half seriously, who won the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Given the way we think of feuds, as mighty struggles between two equal, or nearly equal, clans, it’s a legitimate question. So let’s have at it. more

Dec 10, 2014 2:24 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited 3 Comments

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Many fables posing as “Feud history” begin with a few basic premises. Chief among these is the claim that the Tug Valley in the 1870’s-‘80’s was a lawless place. But court records for Pike and Logan Counties refute this contention entirely. more

Oct 27, 2014 4:22 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

A Tale of Two Tales: The Legend of Abner Vance Part 3 of 3. By Ryan Hardesty, Creator of “The Real Hatfield, Real McCoy, Real Feud, Real Matewan Facebook Group” more

Sep 3, 2014 10:46 AM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited 1 Comments

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

A Tale of Two Tales: The Legend of Abner Vance Part 2 of 3. By Ryan Hardesty, Creator of “The Real Hatfield, Real McCoy, Real Feud, Real Matewan Facebook Group” more

Aug 12, 2014 10:59 AM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited 4 Comments

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

A Tale of Two Tales: The Legend of Abner Vance Part 1 of 3. By Ryan Hardesty, Creator of “The Real Hatfield, Real McCoy, Real Feud, Real Matewan Facebook Group” more

Jul 31, 2014 4:07 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited 2 Comments

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Was the Logan County area devoid of religion? The records clearly show this to be untrue. By Randy Marcum, historian at the West Virginia Archives in Charleston, West Virginia, descendant of Alexander Messer and a cousin to the Hatfield family. more

Jul 11, 2014 9:31 AM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

Editor’s Note:

Ever since it first appeared in our March/April 1996 issue the late Norma Lugar’s story about Roseanne McCoy and the brutal feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been one of the single most popular stories to grace the pages of Blue Ridge Country magazine. This guest blog series is meant to honor the legacy of that story by carrying the conversation forward and presenting new perspectives and information about the feud. Although the notable authors and historians we have invited to contribute to this series will make every effort to base their contributions in fact, please note the information and views shared in this series are those of the individual writers. We acknowledge that many of the exact details of the feud remain clouded to this day. If you have any opposing views or additional information, we invite you to join the discussion by sharing it in the comments section. Thank you!

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