West Virginia, though not in the Appalachians, is hilly country.
Different to most of the South, which is flat.
It was part of Virginia till it seceded at the beginning of the War in order to stay with the Union.
There was a famous Catholic Priest
Abram Ryan...(I think).....
Called the 'Poet of the Confederacy"
Wow, mikeo, for a Yankee you are well versed in The Lost Cause.
Ryan was a CSA chaplain, don't know if he was born or first generation Irish.