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The Midland Trail


Sewell Mountain

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The caption on this vintage postcard, postmarked 1934, shows the summit of Sewell Mountain on the Midland Trail and describes it as “near Charleston, W.Va.,” although in fact Charleston lies roughly 50 miles to the west. In 1861, Union and Confederate forces both bivouacked on the mountain, though no battle erupted there. It was here that General Robert E. Lee first saw his treasured horse, Traveller, later purchased by Lee for $200 in Confederate currency.


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