It is hard to believe that we are starting volume 7 of the New Series of West Virginia History. As we approach the sesquicentennial of West Virginia's statehood, it is appropriate that we begin with Kenneth R. Bailey's investigation of the litigation resulting from the Civil War and the establishment of Republican rule in the Mountain State. Not surprisingly, West Virginia's founding fathers sought to hold onto the control they gained when they created West Virginia or that they passed laws to prevent the people they saw as disloyal from returning to power. The lawsuits that challenged those acts provide, in Bailey's words, "another view of the turmoil, anguish, hardship, and anger generated by the conflict."
We also include an article tracing the complex relationship of Wills De Hass to the growing professionalization of archaeology. Trained as a physician, De Hass claimed several prestigious positions in the field of archaeology, but his fascination with, and defense of, the legendary hoax of the Grave Creek stone in Marshall County had negative implications for him and the profession. Finally, we return to the Civil War with a piece from the late George Ellis Moore, who wrote the history of the war in West Virginia during the Centennial celebration of both the war and West Virginia's creation. Several years ago, Moore's daughter, Grace Moore Fleeman, discovered her father's unpublished history of the Battle of Carnifex Ferry in 1861. She sent this very engaging narrative to us and we are delighted to include it here. As is always the case, we also offer our usual number of reviews. [End Page iv]