“Brother vs. Brother, Richwood, West Virginia, 1910s” by Finley Taylor Early Appalachian Photographer
“America has no north, no south, no east, no west. The sun rises over the hills and sets over the mountains, the compass just points up and down, and we can laugh now at the absurd notion of there being a north and a south. We are one and undivided.” ~Pvt. Sam Watkins, 1st Tennessee, Co. H.
“Brother Against Brother” is a slogan used in histories of the American Civil War, describing the predicament faced in families (primarily, but not exclusively, residents of border states) in which loyalties and military service were divided between the Union and the Confederacy. There are a number of stories of brothers fighting in the same battles on opposite sides, or even of brothers killing brothers over the issues.
(Currently inquiring on the identity of the two Gentlemen in this photo) Credit Image COPYRIGHT to Romano, Summersville, WV, per Mr Romano the men’s names were published in a book by Arcadia Press, called “Richwood.”