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Artifacts help pinpoint key Hatfield-McCoy battle

January 2, 2013 • Entertainment


A Saturday, June 9, 2012 file photo shows a street sign in Matewan, W.Va., that bears the names of the two families that once waged the country’s most famous feud in this Appalachian region. Artifacts unearthed last year during filming of a new National Geographic Channel show appear to pinpoint the location of an 1888 ambush on Randolph McCoy’s cabin by the Hatfield clan in the woods of eastern Kentucky. Excavators found bullets believed to have been fired by the McCoys in self-defense, along with fragments of windows and ceramic from the family’s cabin. Property owner Bob Scott, a Hatfield descendant, plans to capitalize on the historic 70-acre site in eastern Pike County near the West Virginia line. The options include a housing development featuring horseback and ATV trails, he said. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Hatfield clan New Year’s attack on Randolph McCoy’s cabin marked a turning point in America’s most famous feud — the homestead was set ablaze, and two McCoys were gunned down. Hatfield family members and supporters were soon thrown in jail.

Artifacts recently unearthed appear to pinpoint the location of the 1888 ambush in the woods of Pike County in eastern Kentucky. Excavators found bullets believed to have been fired by the McCoys in self-defense, along with fragments of windows and ceramic from the family’s cabin.

“This is one of the most famous conflicts in American history, and we’ve got bullets fired from one of the key battles. It Login to read more

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