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Type: Video

Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD


To gather evidence, Felts sent an undercover agent, C. E. Lively, to Matewan.

Lively opened a restaurant, rented out space to the Union and began spying on Sid. At night, he wrote secret reports to Felts under the code name Number Nine.

That spring, in a sensational trial, Lively testified against Sid. But Hatfield and fifteen other defendants were found not guilty. One juror said he would sit until the dogwoods bloomed again before he would convict a Matewan boy.

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