History of Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory - David E. Johnston. This regional history concerns the area in southern WV and southwestern VA along the New River. The focus of attention is Mercer County, WV, and Tazewell and Giles Counties in VA. The text consists of three major segments: the first presents a detailed history of settlements in the area prior to the Civil War; the second concerns events in the area during the Civil War era; and the third consists of several appendices. The latter is mainly a long section of genealogies and biographies, but also includes several lists of officials and numerous Civil War rosters. (1906), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 562 pp.