Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

February 22, 2008|By HARRY NOGLE / 301-432-2437

Clemens reveals identity of 'Mystery Man' as Ringgold

During a talk given to the Keedysville Historical Society Monday, Feb. 18, Professor and historian Tom Clemens of Keedysville revealed the identity of Washington County's forgotten military hero as Samuel Ringgold.

Ringgold, who was born in 1800 at the family estate, Fountain Rock (now the site of Saint James School), was appointed to the Military Academy at West Point at the age of 14. He graduated fifth in his class of 23 and is considered the "Father of Flying Artillery" for his innovations in artillery tactics and equipment.

He fought in the Mexican War and was mortally wounded by an enemy cannonball May 8, 1840 at the Battle of Palo Alto. When an aide ran up to help, Ringgold is reported to have said, "Don't stay with me; you have work to do. Go ahead!"


Ringgold is buried at Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore.

Towns in Texas, Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania are named Ringgold, as well as the town of Ringgold (formerly called Ridgeville), in Washington County.

Although "his name is evoked by men on both sides as all that was manly and noble," Ringgold is largely forgotten.

Professor Clemens suggests this is because no monument was erected to him, and that his family scattered. Ringgold never married and had no children to carry on his name, Clemens said.

Perhaps, also, Ringgold does not receive recognition because his role in the lesser known Mexican War was overshadowed by military figures in the Civil War.

Sharpsburg Little League final sign-up

For all those boys and girls ages 5 to 12 who forgot to sign up for Sharpsburg Little League, registration will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sharpsburg Town Hall over the library.

For more information, contact G.E Ingram at 301-432-0056 or 240-675-8140. Go to to get the registration forms.

South Mountain Little League to hold gun raffle

South Mountain Little League will hold a gun raffle for the month of April (using numbers from the West Virginia Daily 3 lottery).

Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased by March 31. For information/tickets, contact Tina Violet 301-432-4578, J.R. Hawkins 301-432-7638 or any SMLL board member. Proceeds from the event helps maintain SMLL fields, uniforms and operating costs for SMLL Baseball.

Mary Gehr to check blood pressure at senior center

Mary Gehr will provideblood pressure checks Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center in Keedysville.

Exercises classes will continue Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Chair caning classes will resume Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Participants must register through Hagerstown Communtiy College for these classes.

Other regularly scheduled activities provided at the Southeastern Senior Center during the month of February include basket bean bag; bean bag toss; bingo; cards; coffee, conversation and newspaper every day at 9 a.m.; darts or Uno; and horseshoes.

The Southeastern Senior Site for senior activities is at the Little Antietam Community Center, 40 Mt. Vernon Drive, Keedysville.

Call manager Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624 for more details.

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Information concerning churches, clubs, schools, organizations and activities in the Sharpsburg/Keedysville area may be sent to Harry Nogle at or call 301-432- 2437.


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