August 7, 2017 all-day

Aug 7 9, 1882. The long-simmering tension between two Appalachian families who lived by Tug Fork on the Kentucky West Virginia border erupted into full-scale violence on Election Day 1882. Brothers Tolbert, Pharmer and Randolph McCoy knifed and shot Ellison Hatfield. The Hatfield family captured the three McCoys. When Ellison Hatfield died on Aug 9, the Hatfields executed the brothers. The feud continued with much loss of life. In 1888, when Kentucky authorities sought to detain the feud murder suspects and West Virginia authorities complained, the dispute went all the way to the Supreme Court, which decided in Kentuckys favor. The feud sputteredout by the end of the century.

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