West Virginia State Museum Education

Discovery Room 6: The War within a State

Discovery Room 6



For Virginians, the war between the states was also a war within the state. Brothers like the Craigos fought for the Confederacy and the Union. Many battles were fought on West Virginia soil and the life of soldiers on the battlefield was hard. In addition to weapons and military stories, this discovery room showcases the personal effects that soldiers carried into battle. Examine the medicine chest to see what supplies were available to battlefield doctors.

With early regional maps and a timeline of the Civil War, this discovery room offers some personal, first-hand accounts of Civil War participants and everyday citizens. There are descriptions of some of the battles that occurred on West Virginia soil as well as artifacts from the battlefields like weapons and supplies.

Discovery Room 6

Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees

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Discovery Room 1
1: An Ancient Land
Discovery Room 2
2: Prehistoric People
Discovery Room 3
3: Conflict and Settlement
Discovery Room 4
4: Frontier Life
Discovery Room 5
5: John Brown's Raid
Discovery Room 6
6: The War within a State
Discovery Room 7
7: The Case for Statehood
Discovery Room 8
8: The Big City
Discovery Room 9
9: The Family Farm
Discovery Room 10
10: The Company Store
Discovery Room 11
11: Changing Roles of Women
Discovery Room 12
12: Trains and Railroads
Discovery Room 13
13: Boats and Rivers
Discovery Room 14
14: Industrialization
Discovery Room 15
15: The Mining Life
Discovery Room 16
16: The State Capitol
Discovery Room 17
17: It's Not all Work
Discovery Room 18
18: The Great Depression
Discovery Room 19
19: The Mine Wars
Discovery Room 20
20: West Virginians at War
Discovery Room 21
21: Late 20th Century
Discovery Room 22
22: Celebrating West Virginia
Discovery Room 23
23: From Here to There
Discovery Room 24
24: Painting and Sculpture
Discovery Room 25
25: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Discovery Room 26
26: Traditions of Music