September 5, 2012
Editor's note: It has been 150 years since the Civil War moved into Washington County and North and South met Sept. 17, 1862, on a battlefield along Antietam Creek. The following story is part of a package of stories that look back at the Battle of Antietam and the Civil War's impact on Washington County, Md., and the surrounding area. By the time Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's army reached the Potomac River north of Leesburg, Va., on Sept. 4, 1862, approximately one-third of his troops were barefoot, their shoes worn out from months of marching and fighting.
September 29, 2011
The Continuing Education and Community Services Division at Hagerstown Community College is offering a half-day seminar titled "Civil War 1861: The Country Disintegrates," Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Career Programs Building on HCC's main campus. Taught by HCC instructor Joe Mieczkowki, the course will feature two lectures. Lecture I: "The Country Disintegrates" will cover the period of January through June 1861 and will focus on state secession, the rise of protest leader Jefferson Davis and the country's preparation for war. Lecture II: "Blood, Bull Run and Blockades" will cover the period of July through December 1861 and will focus on the battle of Bull Run, the spread of conflict across the United States and the military decisions made by both Davis and Lincoln.
February 17, 2013
The City of Hagerstown, the Hagerstown-Washington County Conventional and Visitors Bureau and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area were recognized Jan. 31 at a Maryland Historical Trust awards ceremony at the Governor Calvert Ballroom in Annapolis. The Maryland Historical Trust, or MHT, selected 10 projects, organizations and individuals as the recipients of the 2013 Maryland Preservation Awards. The awards, presented annually by MHT's board of trustees, are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation and heritage education projects in Maryland.
September 14, 2012
Dunker Church , Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Phil Stone will preach on Lincoln and Antietam: Peacemaker or Warrior at 3 p.m. Sunday. The service will be similar to an 1862 Dunker worship service. Sponsored by area Churches of the Brethren. Call 304-267-4135 or 301-432-2653. St. Mark's Episcopal Church , Boonsboro, will offer a service of prayer and remembrance, using the Evening Prayer Service from 1862, at 4 p.m. Sunday. Hymns from the period will be sung. The Rev. Anne Weatherholt will wear a vestment that belonged to her great-grandfather, a chaplain in the Union Army who fought campaigns in Northern Virginia.
May 4, 2011
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau announces the arrival of its 2011 Visitor Guide. The 72-page guide includes maps of Hagerstown and Washington County, restaurant listings, demographics for each town and details about annual special events. There are focused articles highlighting the commemorations of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Washington County's African American history, opportunities for agricultural adventures and bike routes. Convention and Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford said this year's Visitor Guide features a smaller, more portable size, colorful photography and a new design.
April 25, 2012
Franklin County's series of “Civil War 150” commemorative events is set to continue in Greencastle, with music, food and the start of a special tribute to a woman who became a memorable part of the area's history. Civil War living historians and speakers will be on the property of Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Confederate and Union soldiers, along with women dressed in Civil War garb, will be represented, helping to illustrate the events of 1863, when the town of Greencastle was under the rule of General Robert E. Lee and his troops as part of “The Gettysburg Campaign.” Historian Ted Alexander will discuss the subject as part of his talk, “When War Passed This Way: The Civil War in Franklin County.” Alicia Miller will also be on hand to educate visitors on the important role the Ladies' Aid Societies of Greencastle, Mont Alto and Waynesboro played during the war. Jeffrey Wert of State College, Pa., will speak about “Lee's Army during the Gettysburg Campaign,” and Steve Recker's topic is “Virtual Gettysburg.” Jerry Bayer of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., will discuss Civil War weaponry.
February 22, 2012
The Continuing Education and Community Services Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer a one-day Civil War seminar Saturday, March 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Elliott Center on the main HCC campus. The seminar is offered as part of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War. Seminar presenters include Tom Clemens, professor of history at HCC, who will discuss “Antietam Like You've Never Heard It;” Dennis Frye, chief historian of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, who will discuss “September Suspense: The Union Uncertain;” Stephen Recker, producer of Virtual Antietam and member/founder of Antietam Battlefield Guides, who will discuss “Rare Images of Antietam;” and Daniel Toomey, historian and author, who will discuss “The War Came by Train.” Frye will serve as the moderator of the panel discussion, following the individual lectures.
April 9, 2011
Some might call it a match made in historical buff heaven. The Washington County Historical Society wanted to do something exciting in 2011 to celebrate its 100-year anniversary. Stephen R. Bockmiller, development planner and zoning administrator for the City of Hagerstown, needed to do some research for his work with historical site markers. Bockmiller began visiting the historical society's Miller House, which houses the group's offices, library and museum. A history devotee since childhood and co-author of two books about the U.S.S.
May 3, 2012
A guided bus tour, Lee's Retreat from Gettysburg to Williamsport and the Wagon Trail of Wounded, is Friday, July 13. The tour is led by author and Civil War historian Steve French. The bus leaves from Springfield Barn, 6 Springfield Lane, at 2 p.m., and returns at 6:30 p.m. Touring areas include Gettysburg, Pa., Fairfield, Pa., Greencastle, Pa., Cearfoss, Pinestump Road, Marion, Pa., Cunningham Crossroads, Battle site in Williamsport July 6, 1863, Confederate Pontoon Crossing Site, site of Michigan Cavalry charge, where the Medal of Honor was won and where Gen. Pettigrew fell in battle.