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The Hatfield-McCoy Feud

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Regan Moore

on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of The Hatfield-McCoy Feud

The Hatfield-McCoy Feud
The Hatfield-McCoy Feud is a famous example of how Antebellum Ideals were sustained in the South through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and beyond
What the heck are "Antebellum Ideals"?
The Southern Gentleman's Code of Honor
"Blood is Thicker Than Water"
Emphasis on Land/Livestock Ownership
More on the Code
Defense of females
Defense of family honor
Defense of self honor
The gentleman's code of honor revolved around three things:
"Ol' Ran'l"
Asa Harmon
The Start of the Feud
1878: Randolph McCoy accuses Floyd Hatfield, cousin of Devil Anse, of stealing one of his pigs.
The Start of the Feud
Floyd is taken to trial.

Though tried on McCoy soil, the trial was presided over by a Hatfield Judge.

Bill Staton, a McCoy relative married to a Hatfield, testifies on behalf of his in-laws
The Start of the Feud
Thanks to Staton's testimony, the charges against Floyd are dropped.

2 years later, Sam and Paris McCoy, cousins of Randolph, kill Bill Staton in a fracas.

Sam stands trial for murder but is aquitted for self defense reasons.
Roseanna and Jonse
1880: Roseanna McCoy and Jonse Hatfield meet at an election day celebration.

Roseanna and Jonse
Roseanna and Jonse
The pair disappears for hours and Roseanna, afraid of revealing her relationship with a Hatfield to her father, stays at the Hatfield home for a period of time

Jonse deserts a pregnant Roseanna several months later
Roseanna and Jonse
Roseanna and Jonse
May 1881: Jonse marries Nancy McCoy, Roseanna's cousin.

Roseanna gives birth to a girl who lives only 8 months

Roseanna's life sux
Roseanna and Jonse
The Turning Point
Election Day August 1882 - A verbal argument between three McCoys and two Hatfields leads to Ellison Hatfield being stabbed 27 times.
1888: Led by Cap Hatfield and Jim Vance, a group of Hatfield men ambush the McCoy home on New Year's Day.
The Hatfields tied up the three McCoys and shot them over 50 times.
The Hatfields eluded arrest until Perry Cline, an attorney related to the McCoys, had the charges reinstated, and a reward was placed for the arrest of the Hatfields
New Year's Day Massacre
The Trial Of 1889
Randolph flees into the woods, while Alifair and Calvin are killed in the crossfire and Sally is badly beaten, suffering a shattered skull

Bounty hunter Fred Phillips tracks down Vance and Cap, killing Vance and capturing Cap and 9 others.
New Year's Day Massacre
The case makes it all the way to the supreme court, which decides the Hatfields in custody can be tried
New Year's Day Massacre
Eight Hatfields and their supporters were sentenced to life in prison
Cottontop Mounts, son of Ellison Hatfield, was sentenced to death. Cottontop was mentally handicapped, and is believed to be the scapegoat for the feud.
After the feud, both families tried to disappear into relative obscurity.
why did all of these events occur?
Randall McCoy dies at the age of 88 from burns caused by an accidental fire.
Devil Anse Hatfield dies at the age of 81 from pneumonia.
In 2003 the families signed a treaty signifying the official end of the feud.
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