Thursday, November 13, 2008
Book Review: Booger Hole
The title itself was enough to make me want to read this book. I'd read it several years ago actually, by ordering a copy via interlibrary loan. It's not what you might expect from the title, but it's interesting local history.
During the Civil War there were marauding groups of men who referred to themselves as "home guards" in Clay County, West Virginia, as well as in many other locations in the state. In some places these groups were probably honestly patrolling their homeplaces to protect them from deserting soldiers or attacks by enemy soldiers of either Army (where you lived in this state was really no guarantee of which side you took in the Civil War--it varied even within the same family, and there are many brother-against brother stories told about the Civil War days).
But the Clay County group was renegade. They attacked on a whim, stole and killed at will, and terrorized the countryside, especially one area that came to be known as "Booger Hole." In the mountains, a booger is a haint--a ghost, and usually one that is not friendly. The community called Booger Hole suffered many attacks and killings and the reputation of the area was so bad no one wanted to go up that creek unless it was a dire necessity.
Cindy Curry's book traces the history of the troubles in Booger Hole, and relates the stories of murder and revenge as well as a few ghost stories.
You can order a copy directly from the author by sending $5 plus $1 postage to:
Route 2, Box 82
Duck WV 25063