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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

March 17, 1999

In June 1863, Confederate Gen. George E. Pickett's division passed through the town of State Line, then called Middleburg, en route to Gettysburg. One of Pickett's men recorded his thoughts on the area as he passed through the small village that straddled the Mason-Dixon Line.

"We passed the line this afternoon near a small village named Middleburg on the maps but called Muttontown by the natives Strange to say, we met with more marked exhibition of welcome at this Pennsylvania town than in any portion of Maryland. I saw fully a dozen miniature Confederate flags waving from windows, while all along the streets the ladies were waving handkerchiefs and scarfs from the piazzas and upper windows!"

From the Maryland Cracker Barrel

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