August 11, 1862: All quiet in Hardy County, (West) Virginia

Samson Greenbrier Sites
Samson Greenbrier Sites

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports in a brief item the status of Hardy County — they refer to it as a county in Virginia, but by now the Union would say it was in West Virginia, where it resides today. The item describes the distribution of mixed rebel and union sentiment in the area. I include it here for personal reasons, as my mother’s family came from Hardy county.

The family story is that Confederate troops came through the area frequently, pressing young men into service. They left Samson Greenbrier Sites, my great-grandfather, though. Apparently he was valued as the proprietor of an essential local industry, as he made the best moonshine in the county.

Sorry for the intrusion of my personal life. We’ll get back to the war tomorrow.


Hardy county.

“All quiet in Hardy,” is the latest report we receive from this mountain county of Virginia, and no Lincoln troops nearer than Romney, where there is but one company of cavalry, and a small force at New Creek Station, for the protection of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. There still exists considerable Union sentiment in the western part of the county, around Moorefield, and between that place and Franklin, Pendleton county; but it is stated that some misguided men have expressed a desire to get back to the Confederate side, and that the loyal Southern element is on the increase. A splendid harvest has been saved, and the growing corn looks well. Since Robertson’s cavalry visited Hardy and broke up a band of Lincoln soldiers, the people have been in better spirits, and now look for an early deliverance from the dangers and difficulties that have surrounded them.

A mail route is to be established between Moorefield and New Market.

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4 Responses to August 11, 1862: All quiet in Hardy County, (West) Virginia

  1. jackie kohn says:

    ever come across a George or a john kohn? my husbands great great and great great great grandfathers.

  2. jackie kohn says:

    my husband, mike kohn, a decendant of George kohn born 1775 Bedford hardy wv and married to molly olinger, looks identical to Samson. is there any family connection? when I saw this picture I was shocked. I could swear its my husband whose ancesters came from hardy wv.

    • Theresa says:

      Jackie, I am also descendant of George and Molly! Would love to see photo of George, etc. And would like to know how/where you found his birth year. I have copy of an old family geneology listing Amos (son of George and Molly)and Rachel (Chilcot) Kohn’s children:) Am having trouble tracing back further from George and Molly.

  3. Allen Gathman says:

    No, I’ve looked around and I can’t find any Kohns in my sources. Still, Hardy county didn’t have that many people in the 18th century, so you’d think there would be some connection.

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