January 1, 1888: Hatfields Attack McCoy Cabin Killing Two

Jan 1, 2015

While the killings were appalling, the national newspapers further exaggerated events to portray Appalachia as a backward and barbaric place.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

The night of January 1, 1888, marked the worst atrocity in the long-running troubles between the Hatfields of Logan County, West Virginia, and the McCoys of Pike County, Kentucky. That evening, New Year’s Day 1888, Hatfield patriarch “Devil Anse” Hatfield launched a scheme that he hoped would end the feud once and for all.