A true story of a family feud that went on for years between the Hatfield and McCoy families in the mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia will be featured next week on television.
“Hatfields and McCoys” is a three-part, six-hour miniseries that airs at 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on the History Channel.
The all-star cast features Kevin Costner as Devil Anse Hatfield, who sided with the Confederates, and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy, who fought on the Union side, in a story that begins during the Civil War. Hatfield and McCoy were close friends until near the end of the war, when Hatfield deserted and returned home, and McCoy was taken prisoner.
Hatfield returned to West Virginia and McCoy came home after the war to his home in Kentucky, across the Tug River from Hatfield. Both men were dedicated to their wives and families, but tensions between the two families increased. Misunderstandings and resentments exploded between the families and neighbors, and almost brought the two states to the brink of another Civil War.