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By the Banks of the Holly: Notes and Letters from the Desk of Bernard Mollohan (英語) ハードカバー – 2005/5/31

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The land was called "Virginia" by Sir Walter Raleigh. A region of natural beauty, governed by temperamental weather, the western slopes of the Alleghenies beckoned a sturdy stock of early hunters, explorers, and settlers. This is the story of how those early residents forged a home, a nation, and finally, a state, along these rocky slopes.


Marie Mollohan is a teacher. She enjoys collecting local history. That interest led her along many mountain pathways as she explored her own family's past. She has waded snow to locate graves in old cemeteries, climbed fences to visit empty battlefields, and traveled along the highest ridge tops of the Alleghenies, all in an effort to provide background details for family stories of the past. --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。


  • ハードカバー: 664ページ
  • 出版社: Iuniverse Inc (2005/5/31)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0595671470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595671472
  • 発売日: 2005/5/31
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 15.2 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
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5つ星のうち 5.0 What a wonderful book! It lists my husband's family in a ... 2016/7/16
投稿者 Lisa Brown - (Amazon.com)
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I stumbled upon this book as I was looking for the burial listings for the Kniceley-McCray cemetery located in Braxton County, WV. It directed me to this book. What a wonderful book! It lists my husband's family in a lot of the pages. It also shows pictures of his grandparents that he didn't even knew existed. This is like a family history book for him. He grew up in Replete, WV above Marpleton. This area was his "stomping grounds" as a young boy. We had no idea of the tales of this area and other surrounding areas such as Diana, WV. It has opened our eyes to what the people of his great grandparent's and grandparent's time had to go thru. He also didn't realize that his grandfather had been raised by an uncle. He also didn't realize that his great-grandfather was from Canada. This has been one of the best investments I have made for my husband and for my children and my grandchildren. They will forever have their Brown family history documented. Thank you so much!
5つ星のうち 4.0 I still wish that we had the property as it was wonderful when I was a youngster 2014/11/5
投稿者 William N. Kinder - (Amazon.com)
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Lot of Civil War Information, finally more information on Marpleton, for which I was extatic. Forj some reason my relatives didn't talk about it. I did know about the railroad going up the back of the property, just shy of the "Terlet" LOL. Seeing some of the names of Families that lived there before my time. I still wish that we had the property as it was wonderful when I was a youngster, so far it hasn't flooded either. Just to see the Bickles, Bleighs, Smallwoods, Moats, and of course Charley Bill, who could ever forget him. Knowing my grandfather & great Uncle was raised by the Stumps (which I porbably knew at one time years ago), but didn't remember. Just wish there was more. A lot of work and time went into this book and I definitly appreciated this. Had hoped there would be a picture of my GGGrandfather, William Harrison Mollohan. We don't have any Mollohan Photos I guess since my Grandfather was raised by Preacher Stump. Appreciate all of the wonderful photos in the book!!!
5つ星のうち 5.0 Marie Mollohan, Thanks for your research and dedication to family and the past 2013/7/22
投稿者 Mark Conrad - (Amazon.com)
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Thanks, I was looking for information about the Conrads and Cowgers from Hacker Valley, West Virginia and came across the book, so much great information about the Hacker Valley Webster County area. I even found out that we have the same great great grandfather Jesse F Cowger..............................
5つ星のうち 5.0 By the Banks of the Holly 2012/7/18
投稿者 Carol Johnson - (Amazon.com)
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Wow, was so happy to get this book, written about Mollohans by a Mollohan,
since I am a Mollohan. Our family was one of the first settlers in West Virginia.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 A "Cold Mountain" of West Virginia 2005/8/27
投稿者 George A. Hall - (Amazon.com)
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By the Banks of the Holly: Notes and Letters from the Desk of Bernard Mollohan by Marie Mollohan. 2005 by iUniverse, 649pp., $36.95 softcover; 46.95 hardcover.

Marie Mollohan has done a marvelous job of distilling decades of central West Virginia history through her great-grandfather's desk. Her sharpest focus is on the history and key characters related to Webster County, especially in the years covering the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The genius of her use of the desk is that those records were but a microcosm of what everyone in the region experienced during those years. Bernard Mollohan himself must have been a known union loyalist to have become the county surveyor after the war. Such was an important position when only "loyal" citizens could even vote, and much land was being contested for various reasons. But Bernard's loyalties did not keep Marie from giving a fair account of the tensions experienced by so many. Her family, and neighbors were divided into all three sides, as well, during this period. Why do I say all "three" sides?

Marie captures the irony of there being the obvious Union and Confederate sides of the war, yet none were stationed in Webster County. There were no serious battles about which one would read in a national text. That is because a third "side" existed. They were most often known as "bushwhackers". They were not in either army, and were a law unto themselves. People throughout the region experienced loss of life, destruction of property and a general sort of, unofficial, martial law. In the name of protection "bushwhackers" preyed on others, even apart from professed loyalties at times. It became very personal and dangerous in this period, especially for the families of those who chose to serve in a regular army, and left loved ones with little protection. Maybe we could say that Marie has helped to visualize what Webster County's version of the movie "Cold Mountain" might be. There was an insurgency not unlike what we see today in Iraq, and some took advantage of the ill-defined political chaos. Marie captures the personal side of this from true of accounts of family and their friends in the period.

Marie's chapters on the Civil War (pp.121-460) and related endnotes (pp. 547-592, 615-632) are a treasury of information for those interested in this subject. She has corrected lots of misinformation and added new light to this subject of the Civil War in that region. Key characters are treated with balance and insight. Such names as Tuning, Chewning, Haymond, Spriggs and Connely are among the several cited as leading Guerillas. Incidents such as the burning of Sutton (county seat of Braxton County), Gardner's Store and the march on Addison are given in a detailed and interesting manner.

Webster County's hills and rivers were said to have been a natural funnel through which contraband people and goods would flow when Union forces controlled the main routes. Guerilla forces could more easily hold this ground between the counties along the Little Kanawha River, and Greenbrier County, a doorway to the Old Dominion. Guerillas and others could find a ready market for the horses and goods of their neighbors with one army or the other.

Of special interest should be some little-known material on how the Union's 36th Ohio came to deal with the known and hardened irregulars. The whole tension today of legal rights for "terrorists" was a problem for Union troops. They dealt with people who were repeat offenders in murder, theft and destruction. The 36th Ohio evolved to a position of "take no prisoners" (not meaning "parole"), and all of this long before the national policy had hardened enough toward insurgency to be comfortable with the destruction of Sheridan and Sherman in 1864. There were what many would call "war crimes" today as Union forces fought in Guerilla fashion. One group, called "Snake Hunters", battled with such groups as the Moccasin Rangers. But, for the details, you must read it yourself.

This brings me to the point of where only a few regrets might be noted about the work.

The title doesn't seem to catch the gist of the content for a reader like myself. Because this is a history, done through a family lens, the fact they lived around the Holly River makes the connection to the Holly River seem right. To me, this is a history book, uniquely capable of being told through real people and their real experiences. The title, to me, just seems to miss the mark. But I have no alternative to suggest. It definitely needs to be cross classified as Civil War somehow. The final editing might leave the English major a little unsettled at the number of simple mistakes of punctuation, or subject and verb agreement. I also found myself wanting a better map to keep track of the references to the various rivers and their branches. That would have smoothed my enjoyment of an otherwise well written, well told story of a heroic people, and area, in tough times. It is a story of the founding of Webster County and the state of West Virginia (even our country) through the mysteries of a desk that intrigued a girl who delivered on a promise to tell this story.
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