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Monday, April 08, 2013
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‘Civil War in the Kanawha Valley’ subject of final lecture in series at Marshall University
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A lecture titled “Civil War in the Kanawha Valley” will be delivered Tuesday, April 16, at Marshall University by Dr. B.J. Peyton, associate professor of history and chairman of the department of social & behavioral sciences at West Virginia State University.
The lecture is the last in a series called “The History and Culture of West Virginia,” sponsored this spring by Marshall University’s College of Liberal Arts. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on MU’s Huntington campus, and is free to the public.
Peyton’s presentation takes a look at local military actions in the Civil War, including the little-known Battle of Charleston in 1862, which left soldiers dead in the street, a number of buildings destroyed and Confederate troops in control of the village. Little has been written about these events, or their impact on those involved in them.
Peyton received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in history from West Virginia University. He has worked as a public historian at WDWP-TV, at a PBS affiliate in Beckley, and for the National Park Service in Mississippi and West Virginia. He also served as associate director of a research institute at WVU, worked for a local historic architectural firm and taught high school history.