The story of the feud that nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy were close friends until near the end of the Civil War, when they return to their homes -- Hatfield in West Virginia and McCoy in Kentucky -- to increasing tensions and misunderstandings that quickly lead to all-out warfare between the clans (partially caused by a stolen pig). As hostilities grow and outside forces become involved in the fight, the states where the families live are brought to the brink of another war as the feud makes international headlines, the states' governors clash and the U.S. Supreme Court eventually intervenes.
Never Forgive. Never Forget.
Did You Know?
Devil Anse Hatfield's agnosticism of Christianity as depicted in the show is historically accurate. Devil Anse's baptism occurred in 1911, when he was 72 years old. See more
In the initial civil war battle scenes Anse Hatifield encounters a young wounded soldier about to kill himself. The soldier's revolver is a cartridge conversion ( a percussion, cap & ball revolver converted to accept metallic cartridges). Such conversions had not yet been perfected during the civil war. See more
Referenced in Hillbilly Elegy