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July 19, 2011
It has been 150 years since the first shot of the Civil War was fired at Fort Sumter, S.C. With the beginning of hostilities on April 12, 1861, North was pitted against South, brother against brother, fathers against sons. Maryland, both by geography and the sentiments of its residents, was a border state. Troops from both sides passed through the Tri-State area with some frequency, skirmishes and battles were won and lost, and the Union and Confederate armies clashed along a creek in Washington County in the bloodiest single day of the war. In observance of the 150th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War, The Herald-Mail has prepared a package of stories and photos, and a map of events, designed to offer a glimpse back at those tumultuous days.
September 12, 2012
These next few days mark the 150th anniversary of the seminal event in the history of Washington County and perhaps the nation. Had a few breaks gone this way instead of that during that blood-stained September so many years ago, North and South might well have remained divided and the greatness of America as we know it might never have been achieved. Those soldiers who trod this ground in the days leading up to Sept. 17, 1862, remarked at the beauty and bounty of Washington County at harvest time.
August 26, 2012
St. Mark's Episcopal Church was about 15 years old as a parish when the Battle of Antietam took place a scant five miles to the south. Troops rushed along the roads near the church, and after the battle, the wounded were brought to the church for sanctuary.  The church was closed for two months after the battle, a short period of time when compared to most houses of worship in the area. Services resumed in December 1862, and the church is still in use for services on Sundays and Wednesdays.  As part of the weekend commemoration involving events observing the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, St. Mark's is offering a service of prayer and remembrance, using the evening prayer service from 1862, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.
September 8, 2012
Antietam re-enactment  site off Bakersville Road Wednesday, Sept. 12 12 p.m.-8 p.m. - Re-enactor registration opens Thursday, Sept. 13 8 a.m.-8 p.m. - Re-enactor registration Friday, Sept. 14 8:30 a.m. - The Classroom Comes Alive! Day set aside for Washington County history students. Students admitted free of charge and given demonstrations in artillery and infantry procedures. Talk one-on-one with Union and Confederate “generals.” Home scholars are welcome with prior reservations.
By DAVE McMILLION | September 19, 2010
SHARPSBURG -- Before the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War, members of the Dunker Church congregation would have seen the smoke on nearby South Mountain from the battles raging there, organizers of a service at the church said Sunday. It was not so much of a question about whether the war would come to them, but when it would arrive, organizers said. Dunker Church ended up standing in the midst of one of the bloodiest battles in the nation's history when the Battle of Antietam broke out. The building was heavily damaged.
By DON AINES | | June 16, 2012
History is not only the record of what happened, but also what did not, and in the case of the Battle of Antietam, the Army of Northern Virginia did not invade Pennsylvania. The sesquicentennial of the Sept. 17, 1862, battle is approaching, and Dennis Frye, chief historian at Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park, explained the significance of the days before the battle during a lecture Saturday at City Park. It was one of many events for First Call Weekend, which runs through today.
By JANET HEIM | | September 12, 2012
While Clara Barton's care of the wounded and dying during the Civil War is the stuff of legend, it took the hands of just about every area woman and girl over the age of 13 to tend to the thousands of patients from the Sept. 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam, according to Susan Rosenvold, superintendent of Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office. The efforts, from the Hagerstown-based Ladies Aid Society to local families whose homes were forcibly converted to hospitals, helped save lives and offered compassion and care both to those who would live and to the dying, Rosenvold said.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | September 15, 2012
Thousands of people took up positions next to the rolling farm fields of Legacy Manor Farm off Bakersville Road on Saturday, waiting for history to come alive in the form of two crucial engagements to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, still known as the single bloodiest day of battle on American soil. Grandstands were packed and people set up chairs or sat on the ground to see the re-creation of major skirmishes at Dunker Church and Sunken Road, which took place during the 12-hour battle - also called the Battle of Sharpsburg in the south - on Sept.
August 17, 2007
1300 Marshall St. Hagerstown Principal: Ivan "Ike" Williams Phone: 301-766-8447 Fax: 301-766-8479 Grades: 6-8 Average class size: 10 Web site:
September 6, 2013
The Antietam National Battlefield will present a series of programs to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.  Fought on Sept. 17, 1862, Union and Confederate Armies clashed for 12 hours over the rolling fields outside of Sharpsburg. When the sun set, more than 23,000 soldiers who had been killed or wounded or missing in what is considered the bloodiest one-day battle in American history.  The Antietam National Battlefield is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | September 6, 2013
The president of an Internet service provider that serves Hagerstown is disputing a comment made by a member of the Hagerstown City Council earlier this week. Councilman Donald F. Munson, during a discussion about a countywide broadband study conducted by Virginia-based firm Design Nine Inc., said at a meeting Tuesday that he has heard from two downtown businesses who each “really want” 1-gigabit service. Antietam Cable President Brian Lynch said Wednesday that his company “absolutely” offers for business use download speeds as high as 1 gigabit up to 10 gigabits.
September 3, 2013
Antietam Tours will operate guided tours and transportation to four of the five wineries on the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail in Western Maryland. Tours will begin Saturday, Sept. 7. There are six tours scheduled for September and October, and groups of at least six may create custom tour packages for other dates.  “This is the best way I can think of to tour our region's wine offerings. Not only will participants experience most of our wonderful wineries, they'll get expert tour guide service from the experienced staff at Antietam Tours. This is an extraordinary journey combining agro-tourism, history and heritage tales, and unmatched Maryland scenic beauty,” said Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
August 18, 2013
Antietam Bible College, Biblical Seminary and Graduate School is offering a tuition-free online course in apologetics for the fall semester. The introductory offering is tuition-free, plus a $30 registration fee and textbook cost. The course is about defending the Christian faith. To register, call 301-797-0988 or send an email to
July 31, 2013
The Antietam Exchange Club recently welcomed Sue Hall, president of the Washington County Agricultural Organization Inc., the group that puts on the annual Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.  Hall gave a brief history of the local fair, which was originally held at what is now City Park. The livestock drank from the pond there, she said. It was then moved to the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, and is now held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike. The ag organization consists of 15 volunteer members.
July 30, 2013
Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association elected its new officers for the 2013-14 year at its annual meeting July 3. The new officers are Les Bishop, commander; Pat Patterson, vice commander; Ron Twenty, second vice commander; Charlie Morris, secretary; and Jim Mobley, treasurer. The following members were appointed to fill the other officer positions in the chapter: Carl Paylor, judge advocate; Dick Sayles, sergeant-at-arms; Dr. Bud Johns, chaplain; and Clayton Burkholder, historian.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 6, 2013
Deep green fields of soybeans flanked a crowd of thousands who gathered Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield for the 28th Salute to Independence. In between, green, blue, brown and other colorful blocks of plastic tarp and blankets covered the mowed grassy field where spectators waited to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's performance and fireworks that followed. Tents and beach umbrellas shielded them and their games of Uno, Go Fish and Dutch Blitz in the hours before the orchestra's salute, which began with the national anthem, “Maryland, My Maryland” and the Armed Forces Salute under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze.
June 23, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013   CORVALLIS, Ore. - Beaver Creek Country Club pro Dirk Schultz left himself in a favorable position after the first round of the PGA Players National Championship on Sunday at Sunriver Resort. Playing his first round on the 6,969-yard par-71 Meadows Course, Schultz carded a 2-under-par 69 that put him in a tie for 15th. Schultz opened his round by playing steady golf with 14 straight pars, going through the back nine in a steady rain in the Northwest Highlands.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | June 23, 2013
The former Summit Avenue station of Hagerstown's Antietam Fire Co., which moved to Potomac Avenue in the city's North End late last year, soon will be occupied by two Community Rescue Service ambulance units. Dave Hays, assistant chief of CRS, said Thursday that the company plans to move into the recently vacated space in about 90 days, aiming for late September. Hays said about three months is needed to make some small modifications to the building to improve the living quarters inside the station as well as the vehicle bays for the two advanced life support units.
June 22, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013 DISTRICT 1 9-10 MAUGANSVILLE - Cole Brechbill, Samuel Semler and Trevor Jelinek each drove in two runs and Ian Klick scored two runs as Maugansville edged Valley 9-8 in a winners' bracket quarterfinal on Saturday. Brady Baile had three hits and two RBIs, Louis Lindsay had two hits and Connor Bowers scored four runs for Valley. West End 12, South Mountain 1 Bailey Himes pitched a two-hitter with five strikeouts to lead West End past South Mountain in a winners' bracket quarterfinal.
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