Gerald D. Swick’s writing has been recognized with a Literary Fellowship in Nonfiction and a Lifestyles excellence in journalism award. In addition to a weekly column that ran in the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram his work has appeared in The West Virginia Encyclopedia (West Virginia Humanities Council, 2006), The Encyclopedia of World War II: A Social, Political and Military History (ABC CLIO, 2005), and in American History, America’s Civil War, Armchair General, Blue Ridge Country, Travelhost, Wonderful West Virginia and other magazines. His coffee-table book Historic Photos of West Virginia (Turner Publishing, 2010) was authored as a gift to his native state and its people. For several years he served as web editor for the sites of Weider History Group, world’s largest publisher of history magazines.
He and Donna D. McCreary solved the 70-year mystery of why Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, is not buried with the rest of the family. They shared their findings in the Summer 1998 edition of Lincoln Lore.
His short fiction has appeared in the Mist on the Mon and Dragons Over England anthologies and Appalachian Heritage literary quarterly. Two of his poems were included in Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry, 1950–1999 (Publishers Place, 2000).
Born in Clarksburg, he grew up in nearby Stonewood and graduated from Roosevelt-Wilson High School and Fairmont State College.
Gerald has been a featured speaker at national gatherings including the Association of Lincoln Presenters conference, Celebrate History!, and Women in the Civil War. He was interviewed on NBC Radio and PBS, not for his knowledge of history, but for his multiple victories in the annual O. Henry Pun-Off in Austin, Texas.
Apart from inflicting puns on his friends, his hobbies include photography, playing guitar and historical wargaming.
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West Virginia Histories Volume 1
by Gerald Swick
The West Virginia Histories series collects the best of those columns, divided into categories such as Animals, Crime, Civil War, Education, etc. Volume 1 presents samples from each category that will be featured in future volumes.
West Virginia Histories Volume 2
by Gerald Swick
The State of West Virginia was born by cesarean section, its survival chances precarious, its legitimacy in question. The last slaveholding state admitted to the Union, it is the only state that owes its existence to America’s Civil War. In Virginia’s counties west of the Shenandoah Valley grievances against the Richmond government had long threatened to rend the state in two, and when Virginia de
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