The Matewan Massacre/Battle of Blair Mountain

On May 19, 1920 The Stone Mountain Coal Mine Corporation sent hired guns into Matewan, West Virgina to squash attempts by Coal Miners to unionize. This lead to a deadly shoot out that became known as the Matewan Massacre.  It was followed a year later by the largest armed rebellion since the civil war, when 10,000 armed Coal Miners took on the coal mining industry's private army at Blair Mountain, West Virgina. 


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