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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | April 18, 2010
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- CW Whitehair said when it comes to writing a book based on history, it's kind of like being a detective. He collects historical information like clues, trying to piece together a picture of what exactly happened in the past. Whitehair, 60, had to do just that when penning his latest novel, "Escape Across the Potomac" (219 pages, Infinity Publishing, 2009). This is Whitehair's third novel set during the Civil War. "Escape Across the Potomac" is based on a moment in Civil War history rarely taught in history class.
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ANTIETAM
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.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 8, 2012
Karen Thatcher knew when she saw it that a photograph of a tintype of a young Confederate soldier was of David Miller Thatcher, her husband Larry Thatcher's great-great uncle, who died in the Civil War in 1863. “It was the hands,” she said, looking at an array of 10 tintypes of Civil War soldiers that appeared in an ad for the Library of Congress in the March 4 edition of The Washington Post. Her discovery also solved a mystery for library officials who had received a private collection of more than 700 Civil War ambrotype and tintype photographs of soldiers, many of whom were unidentified.
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Kate Coleman | August 31, 2012
In case you haven't heard, it's the 150th anniversary of the Civil War - at least the parts right here in Washington County. In the next couple of weeks, Boonsboro and Sharpsburg re-enactments of local battles will commemorate American history as it happened in our own backyard. I don't plan to attend the re-enactments. I think I'll be content to learn about the reality of the awful conflict by re-reading letters David Harrison Idol wrote to his wife, Mary Davis Idol from 1862 to 1865.
LIFESTYLE
September 14, 2012
Finding Your Civil War Ancestors will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Boonsboro Free Library, 401 Potomac St., Boonsboro. The program will focus on how to locate your ancestors' civilian and military Civil War-era records. The program is led by certified genealogist Marsha L. Fuller. To register, contact the library at 301-432-5723 or bns@washcolibrary.org .
NEWS
August 19, 2012
Maryland Public Television will broadcast the television premiere of “The Heart of the Civil War” at 8 p.m. Sept. 11. “The Heart of the Civil War,” an hour-long MPT documentary film, showcases the towns, battlefields and sites of the U.S. Civil War in Washington County and central Maryland. “The Heart of the Civil War” tells stories from some of the most fought-over U.S. territory during the Civil War, according to an emailed release. During the war, Confederate and Union forces clashed for control of strategic points throughout three counties in west-central Maryland, as the war marched north to south from the Confederacy to the union, and back again, the release says.
NEWS
January 2, 2011
Art Callaham visited Mrs. Marshall's eighth-grade social studies class at St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown. Callaham dressed in a southern general's uniform at the time of the Civil War and explained all the parts of the uniform, their name and meaning. His focus was on the Battle at Antietam. He diagrammed the troop movements during the three stages of the battle. Callaham is an expert on the Civil War. Marshall said his presentation was interesting and entertaining.
NEWS
July 22, 2012
The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University will present “Mountaineers Unite?: Cross-Border Enlistments and the Civil War in West Virginia” by Scott A. MacKenzie on July 30 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Erma Ora Byrd Hall on the Shepherd University campus. MacKenzie is the center's 2012 George M. Nethken Graduate Fellow. The presentation is free and open to the public. MacKenzie, a student of Kenneth W. Noe at Auburn University in Alabama, has spent eight weeks in the area conducting research for his Ph.D.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
Be among the first to view the landmark Civil War exhibition, “Valley of the Shadow,” at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts preview reception on Friday, June 15, from 7-11 p.m. Visitors will be transported in time as the Kaylor Atrium will feature a Civil War ball under the stars. Music for the event will be provided by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, one of the most active and popular Civil War camp bands in America. Performing on authentic 19th-century instruments, the group has released five albums and worked with filmmaker Ken Burns to provide period music for documentaries.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2012
Ted Alexander, 63, was in elementary school when he made his first visit to what was then called the Antietam National Battlefield Site. "It was led by the noted historian E. Russell Hicks," Alexander said during a telephone call from his Greencastle, Pa., home. "He just made history come alive. " Even then as young man, Alexander became interested in the Civil War. He was weaned on stories by his maternal grandmother whose father had served with 1st Maryland Potomac Home Brigade.
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