First Killing Historical marker.

Site of First Hatfield-McCoy Killing

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Blackberry, Kentucky

The first killing in the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud took place on January 7, 1865. Asa Harmon McCoy, who was a Union soldier, was shot dead by a band of Confederate vigilantes led by "Devil Anse" Hatfield. Asa was the younger brother of Randolph McCoy, who, oddly, also happened to be a Confederate. Nevertheless, Randolph never forgave the Hatfields, and would lead his clan against theirs for the next 25 years.

Also see: Hatfield-McCoy Feudin' Trail

Site of First Hatfield-McCoy Killing

Big Blue Springs Rd, Blackberry, KY
On the northbound side of Hwy 1056, about 2.5 miles south of its intersection with Hwy 319. From Hwy 1056 turn east onto Big Blue Springs Rd. Cross the one-lane bridge, and you'll see the marker on the left.
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Nearby Offbeat Places

Hatfield-McCoy MonumentHatfield-McCoy Monument, Blackberry, KY - < 1 mi.
Feudin' Pig and Stabbing CabinFeudin' Pig and Stabbing Cabin, McCarr, KY - 2 mi.
McCoy Well and HomeplaceMcCoy Well and Homeplace, Hardy, KY - 3 mi.
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Corner of Hatfield and McCoy Streets, Matewan, WV - 5 mi.

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