12356Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Matewan Massacre/Battle of Blair mountain
- Mar 1, 2009I have a movie (packed away) here on the incident at Matewan http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0093509/combined
(The movie was actually filmed in a town in central West Virginia known as Thurmond. This town is located on the New River. It is about 100 miles from the real city of Matewan). I don't remember but the movie may have listed names of casualties.
Two of the men killed in Matewan that day were the brothers of agency owner, Thomas Felts. In retaliation, Felts had the Matewan police chief, Sid Hatfield, killed when he was tried in Welch, WV. He walked up the steps to the courthouse and met five detectives waiting for him at the top. He was filled full of bullets and then detective Hugh Lucas turned and emptied a gun into the courthouse wall as though Hatfield had shot at them, then placed the gun in his hand after detective Charley Lively had shot him behind the ear to make sure he was dead.
Of the two commemoratives I know of (the plaque and the flood wall) in Matewan I see no names.
This Dixie Accord interview for a movie may help a little http://www.wvculture.org/history/labor/matewan03.html I haven't read it all the way.
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Subject: [Genealogy Research Club] Matewan Massacre/Battle of Blair mountain
Does anyone know of a memorial stone that shows the names of the ones that
lost their lives during the Blair Mountain war and the Matewan Massacre in
Matewan Massacre happened in town of Matewan, West Virginia on May 19, 1920.
Battle of Blair mountain was during late August and early September 1921, in
Logan County, Wv
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