You've watched the miniseries. Now own a piece of the feud.
One title, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys: Timeline and Pictorial History, By Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield and F. Keith Davis, is selling for $18.95, plus sales tax.
“Featured as resource material in the 2012 History Channel documentary, which aired for the first time on Sat., June 2nd, this book, was penned by the late Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield, great-grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield and grandson of Cap Hatfield,” said F. Keith Davis, co-author, historian and owner of Woodland Press of Champanville, the company that published the book. “The book reflects Dr. Hatfield's unique voice throughout and his rich gift of storytelling.”
Davis says in this book you’ll find a timeline of events that tracks the history of the Hatfield migration westward in broad strokes, and eventually meanders its way to the rich American story of the Hatfield & McCoy Feud.
“It’s coupled with a variety of unique family stories that have been passed down through the children of Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield,” Davis said.
To complete this effort, two final, pertinent chapters have been included: one by Dr. Hatfield’s father, C.A. Hatfield, and another by Logan County journalist and historian G.T. Swain.
“Few are living who remember the clashes of galloping raiders across the border ... The Hatfields and McCoys alike, as well as their neighbors whose ancestors had come into these rugged hills a hundred years before the feud days, have all come from the pioneer stock who pushed the frontier of civilization across the hills,” Coleman A. Hatfield said in 1952.
Another title for sale is “The Tale of the Devil - The Biography of Anderson Devil Anse Hatfield” also by Coleman C. Hatfield and Robert Y. Spence.
“This historical volume—a keepsake hardbound edition—was used as source material, along with other important works, in the 2012 HISTORY channel documentary, directed by Mark Cowen, on the Hatfield-McCoy Feud,” Davis said. “This book represents the first biography of Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, penned by great-grandson Dr. Coleman Hatfield and noted Mountain State historian Robert Y. Spence. Tale of the Devil is the epic story of Hatfield family patriarch Devil Anse Hatfield and covers his service in the Civil War as a Confederate officer for the Logan Wildcats.”
Davis says the book features in-depth coverage of the feud years, as well as the era after the gunfire ceased.
In recognition of this undertaking and his exhaustive investigation of the subject matter, Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield was named Tamarack Author of the Year in 2004. This book has also been recognized throughout the nation by book reviewers and historians—as well as governors and dignitaries—for its exceptional content and meticulous research. Previously retailing for $29.95, this handsome hardback edition is now $24.95, plus sales tax.
A review of the book by Midwest Book Review said: “This collaborative effort of Coleman C. Hatfield and Robert Y. Spence, The Tale Of The Devil, is the factual biography of Devil Anse Hatfield, and the role he played in the infamous and brutal Hatfield and McCoy feud. Coleman Hatfield is Devil Anse Hatfield's direct descendant and brings a special and personal expertise to this project. The Tale Of The Devil candidly examines this figure's early life, the origins of the Hatfield and McCoy feud, its brutal toll, denouement, and ultimate conclusion -- as well as the impact it has had on subsequent generations of Hatfields and McCoys. A profound, sometimes dark, yet often insightful life story, The Tale Of The Devil is a very highly recommended addition to American History and Biography collections.”
Also available for sale is the new release “The Devil's Son - Cap Hatfield and the End of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud.”
This book is authored by Anne Black Gray and is selling for $21.95, plus tax.
“You think you know who they were, why they fought, why they died. You know only the legend — now experience the real feud,” Davis said of this book. “The Devil’s Son is a vast historical epic that breathes life into the individuals and families on either side of the Tug River. At the center of the tale is Cap Hatfield, son of Devil Anse, the seminal figure in the feud. While the battle rages, Cap wrestles with coming of age in the shadow of the Devil.”
The Devil’s Son, a powerful novel, takes the reader on a journey alongside Cap, son of the feared Devil Anse Hatfield who raises his children illiterate and unguided in an isolated region of late nineteenth century southern West Virginia.
“The family earns a living at timbering, but is frequently forced to halt work to engage in deadly battles with McCoys and posses marauding from across the border in Kentucky,” Davis said. “Wealthy and powerful, land and mineral-hungry coal and railroad interests enter the region. The lives and fortunes of Cap and his family are now simultaneously threatened by armed marauders and wealthy men adept at using courtrooms and political power to their advantage. Leading the family’s efforts to survive, hampered by his illiteracy, ignorance of modern business practices and ethics, and refusal to adapt to the changing times, Devil Anse loses too many battles. The Hatfields are descending into poverty and defeat. Armed with only his intelligence, determination and the reading and writing his wife has taught him, Cap sets out to save his family, but must contest his father’s will every step of the way.”
The review of this book by Midwest Book Review stated: “The Hatfield McCoy feud is legendary, as two families gained their own spot in history. “The Devil's Son: Cap Hatfield and the End of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud” discusses the twilight of the family feud, Anne Black Gray analyzes the impact of the feud that spilled into the courtroom, had much blood spilled, and raged through generations. Following Cap Hatfield and the resolution of the feud following the failure of former family patriarch Devil Anse in leading the war. “The Devil's Son” is a strong analysis of this conflict and why it matters, a strong and much recommended addition to American history collections.
Stop by the Coal Valley News office at 350 Main Street in Madison, across the street from the Coal Museum to get your piece of the feud. You can also call the Coal Valley News office at 304-369-1165 and purchase books with your credit card, but shipping and handling charges will also be added to the order.
The Coal Valley News also has several other books for sale about coal mining and West Virginia, including “The Pictorial History of Boone County, West Virginia.”