The Other Feud: William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield in the Civil War
by Philip Hatfield, PhD
A little known fact about the Hatfield and McCoy Feud is that nearly all of the men involved were also Civil War veterans. The Hatfield patriarch, William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, served in the Confederate army 1861-1865. He fought in numerous skirmishes along the border territories of western Virginia and Kentucky. Unfortunately, most popular accounts of Devil Anse's Confederate service are based on legends rather than facts. Many also overlooked important details linking his Civil War service to the famous feud. Using official military records, newspaper accounts, and other historic sources, the author debunks several myths and sheds more insight into one of the most mysterious characters in American folk history.
“…a refreshingly dispassionate look at Devil Anse’sConfederate service …the author avoids common pitfalls of descendant biographies... The Other Feud provides a good starting point for researchers interested in this area of feud history.” – Andrew Wagonhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors
About the Author:
Philip Hatfield, PhD., is a member of the Company of Military Historians, and holds a doctorate in psychology from Fielding University; a master’s degree in psychology from Marshall University; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from the University of Charleston. Dr. Hatfield is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and has written five books and numerous scholarly articles related to the Civil War. He is the great-great-great grandson of Alec (Ale) Hatfield, a cousin of Devil AnseHatfield.