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"Sept. 5, 1921"

Normally I would establish a more formal website for reenacting purposes, but I want to try out WordPress for a change.

Anyways, I have an interest in reenacting the largest armed class conflict in US history. Since this year marks the 90th anniversary and the site is in danger of being literally blown to Kingdom Come, I think that we, as reenactors should help spread the word of this important event in US labor history.

From Friends of Blair Mountain Site

Blair Mountain in Logan County, West Virginia, was the site of the largest open class war in U.S. history. In 1921, after a generation of violent suppression and exploitation of the people in the southern coalfields of WV, 15,000 coal miners rebelled in an attempt to overthrow the control of coal barons.

They met the anti-union forces of the coal-operator army on Blair Mountain and the surrounding ridges. The battlefront was roughly 15 miles long, and more than one million rounds were estimated to have been fired over the course of the five day battle. Both sides were heavily armed with machine guns, high powered rifles, and explosives. The anti-union forces even employed airplanes for reconnaissance as well as for dropping homemade bombs on the miners.

With the battle raging in the hills and hollows around Blair Mountain, federal troops were called in and were able to peacefully stop the conflict without a shot fired. The miners dispersed and went back to their homes, and the news reporters returned to their editors. The battle received above the fold coverage in major newspapers of the day, including the New York Times. But soon, the battle faded into obscurity, and over time has been largely forgotten.

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Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 4:32 am  Comments Off on Welcome and Overview  
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