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Saints training camp site has rich war history

  // Monday, 11 August 2014 22:39 //

Doug Mouton / Eyewitness Sports
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LEWISBURG, West Va. -- Lewisburg, West Va., is home to a key battle early in the Civil War, and even though West Virginia didn’t become a state until 1863, a key site in the Revolutionary War.

And it all began at an unassuming park in downtown Lewisburg, Andrew Lewis Park, where surveyors led by his father, John Lewis, came in roughly 1750.

“The reason they made this park their base camp is because behind this building is a spring,” said Jim Talbert, a local historian with the Greenbrier Historical Society.

After the nearby land was surveyed, settlers moved in.

“The Shenandoah Valley, over in Virginia, was crowded, it was full, there was no more farmland,” Talbert said. “So the settlers had to go someplace, so they went over the mountain to the Greenbrier Balley.”

But Native Americans attacked the first three attempts at West Virginia settlements and wiped all three out.

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