There are many people who have directly and indirectly contributed to my interest in the Civil War. Having lived in a small town that had been under siege by Confederate guns (from a battery where a direct ancestor served), I come by my interest in this subject naturally. But my interest was reawakened by a book called Civil War in West Virginia, by Stan Cohen, who has been an inspiration to many writers on the Civil War and whose efforts deserve to be recognized. Additionally, the works of Boyd Stutler, Festus Summers, and Charles Ambler have served as excellent models for works on the subject. Without their efforts, much of the Civil War history of West Virginia might have been overlooked. The fine archives and archivists in West
Virginia should be recognized as well. Finally, support provided by Harold Forbes has time and again proven invaluable in several studies I have undertaken, including this one.
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