As West Virginia's sesquicentennial nears, plenty of debate will surround stormy events that occurred while the state was created. For example, Charleston lawyer George S. Patton became a Confederate commander whose 2,000 troops stalled Yankees on their way to seize a Confederate law library at Lewisburg in 1863. We said the fighting happened "at Lewisburg" -- but historian Terry Lowry points out that the incident is called the battle of White Sulphur Springs because it was at the nearby town. Also, we recounted reports that the Confederate Congress promoted Patton to general just before his death, but Lowry says no record of it can be found.
Charleston heart surgeon Jamal Khan wrote a lovely treatise on the simple joy and healing effect of green hills, shady ravines, trickling streams and other exquisite facets of nature. His message is especially apt for West Virginia, the most rural state, where nature engulfs nearly everyone.