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The speaker is an 80-year-old White woman with a grade school education from Westover, West Virginia; she was recorded in 1968.



County: Monongalia
State: WV

Commentary:
Westover is a small city with a current population around 4,000. It lies across the Monongahela River from one of West Virginia???s oldest settlements, Morgantown. During the Civil War, in April of 1863, Confederate cavalry forces led by General William E. Jones swept through an area of West Virginia stretching from Fairmont to Morgantown, a span of about 20 miles. The Confederates took hundreds of prisoners, raided homes, and destroyed bridges. In this segment the speaker talks about her grandfather???s experience during the Jones???Imboden Raid.
Inf: Would you like for me to tell you about my, uh, Grandfather [FW: Yeah] _____ [FW: Mm-hmm]? He and eh, his family moved here from eh, Maryland [FW: Mm-hmm] about, uh, the year 1853 [FW: Mm-hmm]. He bought five hundred acres of land out near Laurel Point and he built a home, what was then one of the finest homes in the country [FW: Mm-hmm].

A-, his name was _____ [FW: Mm-hmm]. And he married _____. And during this Jones Raid, in the Civil War, he had several nice horses. He sent them-, he knew of this raid. He sent these horses over into Pennsylvania, for they seemed to know that this raid was going from Morgantown to Fairmont. And uh, there were eight men [FW: Mm-hmm] went up to his place. And uh, they said uh, ???Well, _____, you know that we???re on the hunt of good horses.??? He said, ???Yes, but I???ll tell you truthfully, they???re not here. I just have my work horses.??? And uh, they said, ???Well, we want our dinner.???

And so he told Grandmother for her and the other women who had taken refuge at their place from the little village of Laurel Point. They???d gone up on the hill to this home for refuge because they wanted to get away from the Fairmont???Morgantown Pike, where they thought these men were coming. So, h-, they said, ???Now we want our horses fed, and dinner.??? And uh, I know I???ve heard my mother tell how Grandmother just walked that long porch back and forth while the women prepared the dinner, and Grandpa went to the barn, fed the men???s horses, and they came back to the house.

And as they came into the dining room, Grandpa said uh, ???Now uh, men, I don???t want you to frighten these folks who have taken refuge in my home.??? An??? he opened up the folding doors. Little children were laying on the floor, asleep. An??? the women were there, and uh eh, they s-, eh, he said uh, ???Now they are frightened, but I???m sure you won???t hurt them.??? They ate their dinner and left.

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