July 18, 2010
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Catherine Bragaw, an education specialist at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, quoted a British philosopher to set the theme for 20 history teachers who came to the park to study Civil War history. "Education is simply a soul of society as it passes from one generation to another," Bragaw said, in the words of Gilbert Chesterton. She was one of four park education specialists leading the group of teachers assembled for a three-day workshop. It's part of an eight-week, online graduate course being offered in Harpers Ferry by American Public University of Charles Town, W.Va.
March 28, 2011
When Confederate troops burned Chambersburg in 1864, the fires damaged or destroyed 500 structures, left 2,000 people homeless and caused $1.5 million in losses. The town’s sacrifice will be commemorated in early April through a laser light show that helps to kick off Civil War 150, a planned five-year recognition across the United States. The Greencastle and Chambersburg communities in Franklin County are joining with Fairfield and Gettysburg in neighboring Adams County to host some of Pennsylvania’s earliest events in Civil War 150. Presentations, encampments, period church services and music are scheduled April 7 to 10 in Greencastle, in Chambersburg on April 15 and 16, in Fairfield on April 22 and 23, and in Gettysburg on April 29 and 30. “It’s going to make more people aware that Franklin County is part of the Battle of Gettysburg.
May 31, 2011
Monday was Decoration Day or Memorial Day as it is now known. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on May 30,1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, hence the name Decoration Day. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. This year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Because of my love of agriculture and history, this will certainly not be my last article on the subject as we will remember this turbulent time over the next four years.
July 18, 2011
Charles “Jim” Mobley Jr. considers himself to be fortunate that he has the opportunity to hold the long-barreled revolver once carried by his great-grandfather, who formed a group of Union fighters in Hagerstown as the country became embroiled in the Civil War. He also can draw the sword once carried by Col. Edward M. Mobley, hold the leather pouch that carried the colonel's pistol cartridges and read through Mobley's diaries, which contain details...
June 13, 2012
Some will find this to be borderline sacrilege, but the song “Dixie” was most likely composed by a couple of Ohio Yankees. The federals had their own popular version of the song during the Civil War, and it was a favorite tune of none other than Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, of course, would be the “despot” and/or “tyrant” who was head of the “Northern scum” referred to in the Maryland state song “Maryland My Maryland” - originally a poem that was written by one twisted cat living in New Orleans with no real claim to fame other than his screed was picked up by a secessionist Glee Club in Baltimore and put to music.
January 11, 2013
Age: 54 City in which you reside: Smithsburg Day job: Web developer, High Rock Studios, Hagerstown Book title: "Rare Images of Antietam and the Photographers Who Took Them" Genre: Historical nonfiction, Civil War Synopsis of book: "Rare Images of Antietam" is the beginning of my attempt to document, organize and interpret, in a comprehensive fashion, the historical photographs and photographers associated with...
August 22, 2012
Maryland Public Television will broadcast the television premiere of “The Heart of the Civil War” on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. “The Heart of the Civil War,” an hourlong MPT documentary film, showcases the towns, battlefields and sites of the Civil War in Washington County and central Maryland. 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.
February 3, 2006
John Miller, a Civil War historian, lives on property believed to have been a part of the Battle of Monterey near Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Miller and members of the One Mountain Foundation have planned a Civil War church service and social which will be held Sunday, Feb. 5, as part of Civil War Trails Discovery Weekend in Franklin County, Pa. The service, at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church on Charmian Road off of Pa. 16 in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.,...
October 14, 2012
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours donated $6,500 for battlefield preservation on Oct. 2, presenting $5,000 to Antietam National Battlefield and $1,500 to the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce offers the seminars with co-founder Ted Alexander. The money was raised through the auction of Civil War books and other memorabilia at a July seminar about the Battle of Antietam, as well as other fundraising efforts, according to a news release.
April 24, 1997
Nearly 600 people are converging on Hagerstown today for the opening of what is being billed as the largest-ever convention for people interested in Civil War history. The Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites 10th annual convention, "Till the Sun Goes Down," runs through Sunday at the Four Points Hotel, formerly the Sheraton, on Dual Highway. The convention features three of the country's best known Civil War historians, James M. McPherson, James I. "Bud" Robertson and Edwin C. Bearss.