West Virginia, the Mountain State

By Charles H. Ambler; Festus P. Summers | Go to book overview

Chapter XXIV
West Virginia and Her Neighbors

A CHILD OF civil strife, West Virginia's interstate relations were not always amicable. Some of them she inherited from Virginia; others grew out of situations which involved her interests. Among the minor disputes involving the state in controversy were that with Pennsylvania regarding their common boundary line, adjusted in 1885-1886; the controversy with Virginia regarding the original records of land grants in West Virginia, adjusted in 1891-1897; and the several boundary disputes with Virginia, such as that now ( 1955) pending regarding the location of the line between Alleghany County, Virginia, and Monroe County, West Virginia. These questions were generally settled without recourse to the courts, but adjustment of major questions involved prolonged proceedings in law and equity. This was particularly true of the disputes affecting industrial relations, the Virginia Debt, the Maryland-West Virginia boundary, the Hatfield-McCoy feud, and Virginia's efforts to recover Berkeley and Jefferson counties.


BERKELEY AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES

The status of Berkeley and Jefferson counties gave rise to the first of West Virginia's several disputes with contiguous states. Following the Civil War, Virginia launched a movement for her redintegration.1 When this movement failed, Virginia and West Virginia appointed commis-

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C. H. Ambler, Waitman Thomas Willey ( Huntington, W. Va., 1954), p. 124.

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