Rosanna Blake bibliographer to deliver lecture on railroad history of southern West Virginia

The lecture series titled “The History and Culture of West Virginia,” sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, continues Wednesday, March 6, in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

Jack Dickinson, bibliographer of the Rosanna Blake Confederate Collection, will deliver a lecture, “Every Bloodstained Mile: A Railroad History of Southern West Virginia” at 7 p.m. The lecture is free to the public.

Dickinson will talk about the building of the N&W Railroad, which was built between Bluefield and Kenova which,, he says, changed the face and nature of southern West Virginia. He will recount the brawls between ethnic groups, along with train wrecks, the railroad detectives, the sleek passenger trains and the growth and death of coal and railroad towns.

Dickinson is a 1966 graduate of Marshall University and the author of 12 books and numerous magazine articles on the Civil War. In 1999, Dickinson received the Jefferson Davis Historical Writing Award from the United Daughters of the Confederacy and he received the History Writer’s award from the West Virginia Department of Archives and History.

At the lecture he will sign copies of his book series on the history of the N&W Railroad he coauthored with his wife, Kay.