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Civil War era newspapers found

January 05, 2007

For years, it was thought that most of the Hagerstown newspapers of the Civil War era were lost.

Over the past few years, many of the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom and Torch Light issues have been found. For the first time, an index of the historical treasures is available online. The index covers the years 1860 to 1865.

Historians and genealogists can look up items of local and regional significance, including obituaries, marriage announcements, legal notices and advertisements. Also available are news articles on the local aspects of the Civil War, crime, politics and education.

The newspapers are available on microfilm at the Information Desk at Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown. Copies of articles found in the index may also be requested through the Web site.

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The index covers the geographic areas of Washington, Frederick, Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland; Cumberland, Adams, Fulton and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania; and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia.

This index is the result of The Historic Newspaper Indexing Project. Begun in 1981, the project's goal is to publish a series of indexes for Hagerstown newspapers published from 1790 to 1890. This ongoing project is made possible through the support of the Washington County Historical and Fine Arts Trust Inc., the Maryland Historic Trust and Washington County Free Library.

More information is available at www.washcolibrary.org/newsIndex/.

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