Title: THE ZOUAVE CAVES: AN INVESTIGATION OF MURDER, MYSTERY,
AND REBELLION IN APPALACHIA
Authors: Dr. Michael Jessee Adkins
Volume:2 Issue: 10
Dr. Michael Jessee Adkins
Ohio University, United States of America
MLA 8 Adkins, Dr. Michael Jessee. "THE ZOUAVE CAVES: AN INVESTIGATION OF MURDER, MYSTERY, AND REBELLION IN APPALACHIA." Int. J. Arts&Humanities, vol. 2, no. 10, Oct. 2018, pp. 541-553, ijah.org/more2018.php?id=34. Accessed Oct. 2018.
APA Adkins, D. (2018, October). THE ZOUAVE CAVES: AN INVESTIGATION OF MURDER, MYSTERY, AND REBELLION IN APPALACHIA. Int. J. Arts&Humanities, 2(10), 541-553. Retrieved from ijah.org/more2018.php?id=34
Chicago Adkins, Dr. Michael Jessee. "THE ZOUAVE CAVES: AN INVESTIGATION OF MURDER, MYSTERY, AND REBELLION IN APPALACHIA." Int. J. Arts&Humanities 2, no. 10 (October 2018), 541-553. Accessed October, 2018. ijah.org/more2018.php?id=34.
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Keywords: Zouave Caves, Civil War, Historical Archaeology, West Virginia
Abstract: Three soldiers were murdered in rural Appalachia during the American Civil War. Shocking
accounts of the controversial way they were killed were published in newspapers and the stories
inspired generations of local folklore. John Costallo, John Cerbe, and William Collins were
casualties of the war and their story is unique because their bodies may have been buried as
many as four times. Their final resting place is a longstanding mystery but many people believe
the soldier's bodies were hidden in a place known as the Zouave Caves. This article examines
historical narratives, provides new insight gained from interviews, and identifies a site where the
soldiers may have been buried. Recommendations for future research and archaeological
fieldwork are offered as ways to honor the fallen Union servicemen and bring closure to the
mystery shrouding their final burial place.
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