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August 22, 1997
By KAREN MASTERSON Staff Writer Last week, a Vermont family packed up memorabilia of a great-great-great grandfather who won a Medal of Honor for his valor in a battle some historians say helped save Washington, D.C., from falling to the Confederate army. They drove the Civil War items - including brass buttons, epaulettes, a Greek cross pin, 19th-century photos, a Union army-issued blanket and handwritten notes - to Monocacy National Battlefield Thursday and donated them to the museum there.
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | November 3, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Growing up in Hagerstown near Rose Hill Cemetery, Richard Clem couldn't have known back then that it held the key to a Civil War mystery. And that he would be the one to solve it. Clem, 67, was among those at the cemetery Saturday when Bruce Avery, a descendant of a Confederate colonel, came to dedicate a granite marker in his ancestor's honor. "He was so excited," Clem said of Avery after he learned this year through an article written by Clem that his fourth cousin, Col. Isaac Erwin Avery, was buried at Rose Hill.
October 19, 2012
The Maryland History and Culture Collaborative invites Washington County residents to bring Civil War-era documents for scanning into a state archive. MHCC representatives will have scanning equipment from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Area residents are invited to bring letters, diaries, pension materials, photographs, maps, hand-drawn sketches, claims for damage or any other Civil War-era document to be scanned for inclusion in the Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage.
December 28, 2012
Age: 79 City in which you reside: Hagerstown Day job: Retired Book title: "Drummer Boy for the Bonnie Blue" Genre: Children/adolescents, for ages 9 to 16 Synopsis of book: The Civil War experienced through the eyes of a boy, Thad. His adventures as a drummer boy and the war's impact. Publisher: White Mane Kids, Shippensburg, Pa. Price: $12.95 What inspired you to write the book? The 150th (sesquicentennial) anniversary of the Civil War, with desire to have young students be informed/knowledgeable of the real war. Why did you want to tell the story with young readers in mind?
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 15, 2013
As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle hosted five nationally recognized Civil War speakers on Saturday. Ted Alexander, chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield, presented “Military Units of Franklin County in the Civil War.” Diseases such as measles and chickenpox could kill you back then, Alexander told those who assembled in the barn behind the museum to listen to his talk. “Diseases quickly whittled down a regiment,” he said.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | April 17, 2011
A company of Virginia militia marched into Harpers Ferry on April 18, 1861, burned two federal arsenals and set fire to the 20 buildings that made up the United States Armory there.   The Civil War, only five days old by that time, had come to Harpers Ferry, a hilly, prosperous industrial town of 3,000 inhabitants where the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers meet. This weekend, the National Park Service celebrated the 150th anniversary of the burning of the arsenals with two days of historic re-enactments, book signings by the authors of five books on the Civil War, displays, lectures and children’s activities.
By MEG TULLY | Special to The Herald-Mail | December 12, 2012
Folksinger Jennie Avila is bringing the past back to life in her second album of Civil War songs. Avila tells intimate stories about the lives of real people in the Civil War, many of the stories found right here in Washington County. “I'm approaching a big event, the whole Civil War, from a very intimate perspective,” Avila said. “I hope people realize how people can solve problems other than through war. It was very difficult - starvation, disease, death through killing, and fear, and all those sorts of things.” Avila's album, “Love and Lore of the Civil War,” is scheduled to be launched at a release party Saturday night at Georgia Boy at Park Circle in Hagerstown.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | April 23, 2012
The full exposure and conservation of “remarkable” graffiti that Civil War soldiers left on the walls of a venerable southern Berkeley County church would cost about $63,000, according to an expert's estimate. A lot of the writing and drawing uncovered in Morgan's Chapel in Bunker Hill, W.Va., appears to have been done with pencil, but some crayon also was used, Christopher Mills said Monday. Mills, an architectural conservator, provided the estimate for the preservation work at no charge to the Berkeley County Historic Landmarks Commission, which has partnered with the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia to try to conserve the graffiti.
By DAVE McMILLION | | August 5, 2012
Soldiers who arrived on South Mountain during the Civil War survived in the mountainous terrain with items they packed: a blanket, a haversack containing food items like salted pork or salted beef, cooking utensils and coffee. They also carried a canteen, ammunition, a bayonet and a ground cloth that might have been waterproof and could have been used to shield against rain, said Jeff Hayes, a living historian. Hayes and other Civil War experts welcomed the public to the South Mountain State Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday to give them an idea of what life was like for soldiers when the Battle of South Mountain broke out Sept.
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