Kanawha County, WV
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The "KANAWHA VALLEY NO. 2"
The new steamer Kanawha valley No.2, Captain Snelling C. Farley and W. G. Grier, clerk, ran in the Kanawha-Cincinnati trade. Left Charleston every Monday and Cincinnati every Thursday.
---See Kanawha Valley Star of May 14, 1861
This boat was running in the Kanawha-Cincinnati trade. The 22nd Regiment of Kanawha put their baggage on this boat to be taken to Cannelton, then the head of navigation. On leaving Charleston some Louisiana men went on board, and on the way up the river,the boat passed the 22nd. She was haled by them but would not land, and some persons fired into her killing one man. On her arrival at Cannelton the baggage was being carried off and there was a commotion about this, when General Wise ordered her burned. She was taken across the river and burned at what is now Montgomery, twenty-seven miles above Charleston. The hull laid there for years, a silent witness to the destruction of property incident to war. Captain S. C. Farley was in comnand, William Hix was Pilot and Joel Smith was engineer.
[From the "Virgil Lewis Papers" at the WV Archives -- Transcribed by K.T.]



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