I would be willing to lay odds that most of the residents in Point Pleasant don't have a clue who Olivia Poffenbarger was and what she did for Point Pleasant, the State of West Virginia and the whole country.
I was born and raised across the river in Meigs County, Ohio a long time ago and I can remember some of the old-timers there talking about the battle and it being the first of the American Revolution. I spent a lot of time in Point Pleasant myself and I am also the author of "A Point of Controversy"
Virgil Lewis, famous author and Historian for the state of West Virginia was once a proponent of the theory of it being the first battle and a member of the monument committee. But later, after all was said and done, he changed his mind. Being a world renowned historian, most other historians simply fell in behind him...probably saying "If Virgil says it ain't so...it ain't so." But there were other historians who carried a different opinion. Why did Virgil change his mind? Could it be he didn't want to upset the folks in Massachusetts? Could it be he felt he was being upstaged by Poffenbarger who had the gall to refute his genealogy in her book? Why doesn't the city and the State of West Virginia push for national recognition of the historical event that took place there 6 months before Lexington/Concord.
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