Search for Plant in WV Yields Rare Civil War Find

A search for paw paws near Fort Boreman Historical Park has uncovered a rare artifact: a stone bearing the carved name of a Civil War soldier.

Civil War historians Brian Kesterson and Terry McVey found the stone October 26.

During the war, Fort Boreman was a Union encampment.

Kesterson says the inscription "A.P. Jones 1861" was carved into the stone, along with a soldier on a horse that indicated Jones was a member of a cavalry unit.

His research found that Jones served with Company A, 2nd W.Va. Calvary throughout the war.

He says artifacts signed by a soldier are rarely found in West Virginia.

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