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This page is dedicated to my Civil War ancestors. West Virginia was then part of Virginia so some took up arms for the North and others for the South. It is not for us, we the people of a different time, to judge their hearts. God has already taken care of that task. Instead, let us remember the deeds of courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty, as God gave each the light to see that duty. May each one of these soldiers have found "rest beneath the shade of those trees".

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"In great deeds, something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger; to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar; and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls.

(Oct. 3, 1889, Gettysburg, Pa) ..."

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

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John William Mercer (gggrandfather) Pvt. Co.C, 15th WV Inf.
Laben Mercer Pvt. Co.H, 15th WV Inf.
Jacob Mercer Pvt. Co.C, 7th WV Inf.
William Mercer Pvt. Co.H, 1st WV Inf.
Felix Youst Pvt. Co.M, 4th WV Cav.
Aaron Youst Pvt. Co.H, 1st WV Inf.
William Metz Pvt. Co.K, 7th WV Inf.
William Darrah Pvt. Co.L, 6th WV Inf.
Jacob Darrah Pvt. Co.L, 6th WV Inf.
James Darrah Pvt. Co.A, 12th WV Inf.
Francis Taylor Pvt. Co.F, 7th WV Inf.
Henry Taylor (gggrandfather) Pvt. Co.N 6th WV Inf.
George Marriner Pvt. Co.A 140th PA Inf.
Merriman Youst Pvt. Co.G 7th WV Inf.
Abraham Taylor Pvt. Co.F 7th WV Inf.
Thomas Taylor Pvt. Co.F 7th WV Inf.
Jacob Youst Sgt. Co.A 20th VA Cav.
William Youst Pvt. Co.A 20th VA Cav.
Dr.Fielding H. Youst Asst. Surgeon of the Vol. Forces of VA.
Elias Youst Pvt. Co.I 4th VA Cav.
Dr.Jehu Youst (still researching)

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In 1866 the state of West Virginia authorized the minting of over 26,000 medals to honor its Civil War Union soldiers. Today, many medals still remain unclaimed. These medals can be claimed by descendants.

In l997, I successfully claimed the medal of my ggreat uncle, William Darrah, Pvt. Co.L 6th WV Inf.

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