March 12, 2014
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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