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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.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 7, 2011
Looking at Washington County, with its shopping malls, housing developments and parks, it can be hard to remember that the fertile land once was a battlefield, and stately homes served as hospitals for the wounded and dying. During the Civil War years, soldiers patrolled the streets and the blood of thousands on both sides seeped into the ground. Behind closed doors, households in this border state were divided by sentiments of union and secession. As war loomed on the horizon in 1861, the residents of Maryland were not all of one mind.
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.
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.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | 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.
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.
July 11, 2013
While Gettysburg, Pa., attracted thousands of tourists during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg last week, Chambersburg has several Civil War-related activities, too. Ted Alexander, chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield, will present a free program at the Chambersburg Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East, at 1 and 3 p.m. July 20, which is Celebrate! The Arts at Old Market Day - the largest event of ChambersFest. Alexander will speak on the topic, “As They Saw the Rebels: Civilian Observations of the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns.” The Heritage Center also will show the film, “The Burning of Chambersburg” throughout the day between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. July 20. The 29-minute film was created by WITF in 1989 for the 125th anniversary of the burning of the town.
By ROXANN MILLER | | September 7, 2013
Visitors to Renfrew Museum and Park on Saturday got a glimpse into their past at Heritage Day. Period demonstrations of candle making, broom making, quilting and more were featured at the event, which was centered around the theme “Walk Back in Time.” Bobbi Fulmer of Frederick, Md., knelt down to look closely at the handiwork on several woven scarves. “It's gorgeous. I just started trying my hand at crafting my own scarves,” Fulmer said. “I'm admiring their work, which is way more advanced than my own.” This is the first year she and her family came to Heritage Day. “Learning about the past is especially important when you have a child,” said Fulmer, who has a 5-year-old daughter, Lauren.
By DAVE McMILLION | | August 16, 2013
The nation's largest Civil War battlefield preservation group has been awarded $90,000 to help save a site near Williamsport that saw action as Confederate troops retreated from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, officials said. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awarded the money to the Civil War Trust, one of 58 grants totaling $2.7 million that went to Maryland nonprofit organizations. Of that amount, $360,415 went to local heritage tourism sites, activities and organizations in Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties.  The authority gives grants to expand tourism-related job creation in the state, according to Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 11, 2013
As Civil War re-enactors portraying Confederate soldiers were leaving a mock battlefield at Renfrew Park on Sunday afternoon, Zachary “Zach” Gagliardi stopped one to ask questions about the flag used in the generic battle re-enactment. The 12-year-old said he has learned quite a bit about the Civil War by visiting the Waynesboro encampment for several years. He can tell you about various models of bayonets and the way rifles took over for muskets in fighting. “Every year we learn something new,” said his mother, Tina Gagliardi.
By TERESA DUNHAM CAVAGNARO | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 8, 2013
A documentary film with local ties brought home a prestigious Emmy Award earlier this summer. The film, “Maryland's Heart of the Civil War,” earned its Emmy recognition from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in mid-June in Baltimore. The historical documentary explores the Civil War's impact on the landscape and personal lives of Marylanders in the area that is being called the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area - which includes Washington, Frederick, and Carroll counties - by combining scenic shots and re-enactments with compelling commentaries from respected historians.
August 3, 2013
Age: 82 City : Chambersburg, Pa. Day job: Retired Book title: “Only Echoes Remain” Genre: Historical fiction Synopsis: One woman's painful yet triumphant journey toward self-discovery. A powerful tale of love and choices as two strong-willed people, deeply in love, must overcome the mores of 19th-century America to accommodate their future while their echoing past directs their decisions. Publisher: BellaRosa Books, Rock Hill, S.C. Price: $14.95 Website:   This is the third in the Echoes trilogy, set in Chambersburg in the 1890s.
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | July 26, 2013
Local Civil War historian and author Timothy R. Snyder will be the guest speaker Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ferry Hill Plantation across the river from Shepherds-town, W.Va.  Snyder, author of “Trembling in the Balance: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal during the Civil War,” will discuss how the Civil War affected boatmen along the C&O Canal. The informal talk is a part of the Ferry Hill Sunday Circles series and will take place on the porch of the Ferry Hill house, a 19th century plantation house that sits atop a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and historic Shepherdstown.
Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | July 24, 2013
Civil War event takes place Sunday Expect to hear cannon fire in Hancock on Sunday afternoon. Don't be alarmed, though. It will be part of a special program at the summer meeting of the Hancock Historical Society, to be held in the Joseph Hancock Park on West Main Street.  The guest speaker for the occasion will be Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy, who  is also president of the historical society. His topic will be “Cannons and Horses: The Nightmare That Was Civil War Artillery,” and, just for fun, his presentation will include live cannon fire.
BY KAUSTUV BASU | | July 23, 2013
Rectifying what one organizer called a “historical oversight,” a groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial to honor African-American veterans of Lyon Post No. 31 of the Grand Army of the Republic was held Tuesday at Hagerstown's Rose Hill Cemetery. The Grand Army of the Republic was a veterans organization for those who battled for the Union during the Civil War. “Hagerstown had two posts of this organization [the Grand Army of the Republic] ... Because Maryland was mostly segregated at the time we had two posts - one for white veterans and one for black veterans,” said local historian Stephen Bockmiller, who also works for Hagerstown city government as a zoning administrator and a development review planner.
By DON AINES | | July 13, 2013
A scheduled demonstration on Civil War medicine did not occur as planned at Saturday's Retreat Through Williamsport, but a number of people recognized an expert in the crowd. George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., was at the event as a visitor on Saturday, but still found himself being pulled aside by other visitors to answer a few questions. “There are a few misconceptions about Civil War medicine, things like biting a bullet because they didn't have anesthetics,” Wunderlich said.
July 13, 2013
Name: C.W. Whitehair  Age: 64 City in which you reside: Charles Town, W.Va. Day job: Author Book title : “Mosby: The War Years” Genre: U.S. History Synopsis of book: No single Confederate officer was feared more in Northern Virginia and the lower Shenandoah Valley by the Federal army than Col. John S. Mosby, commanding officer of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry. His method of warfare was unconventional, which earned him a reputation as a mastermind in psychological and guerrilla warfare.
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