July 14, 2008
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - It's taken 14 years, lots of phone calls and trips up and down the Tri-State area including to Cumberland, Md., and Moorefield, W.Va., but then again Confederate Brig. Gen. John D. Imboden didn't make it easy for Steve French. Imboden didn't leave a diary or write many letters about the month leading up to and following the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 - at least none French could find. Instead French tracked down the diary of Imboden's brother, Frank; diaries of Imboden's soldiers; letters from one of Imboden's regiment commanders; and magazine articles Imboden wrote after the war. Having lived his 55 years in Hedgesville, Civil War buff French wanted to write about the war near the West Virginia town.
October 14, 2007
Demo at art club WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Studio Art Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Church of the Brethren, 117 S. Church St. The public is invited. Nancy Stamm will do a painting demonstration. For information, call Evie Cook at 717-762-4138. New signs installed The City of Hagerstown has placed three interpretive signs in downtown Hagerstown to explain the city's role in the Gettysburg Campaign in the Civil War. For more information, visit the Visitor Center at 16 Public Square.
February 11, 2013
Spectacular robberies of two passenger trains in Jefferson County by Confederate partisan raiders in 1864 will be the subject of a lecture Wednesday in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., by Steve French, an award-winning Civil War historian and author from Hedgesville. French, 60, who teaches West Virginia history at South Middle School in Martinsburg, W.Va., details those robberies plus a third one near Cumberland in March 1865 in “Rebel Chronicles,” his latest book on the war. Subtitled, “Raiders, Scouts and Train Robbers of the Upper Potomac,” the 300-page book's forward was written by historian Edwin Bearss.
February 24, 2013
The Continuing Education and Community Services Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer a one-day Civil War seminar Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kepler Theater. The seminar is offered as part of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War. Presenters include Dennis Frye, author and chief historian of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, who will discuss “The Trap Door Closed”; Joe Mieczkowski, licensed Gettysburg Battlefield guide and author, who will discuss “The Tycoon and the Snapping Turtle: Lincoln, Meade and the Gettysburg Campaign”; Steve Bockmiller, author and historian, who will discuss “Valor in the Streets: The Battle of Hagerstown”; and Eric Wittenberg, author and historian, who will discuss “One Continuous Flight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14.” The course fee is $56 for senior citizens and $75 for others, which includes materials, lunch and registration fee. To register or learn more, call HCC at 240-500-2236.
August 9, 2011
If you've ever wanted to sit on the front lines of Civil War history, a noted Civil War writer and author will be at the Hagerstown Railroad Museum in City Park Thursday to help enthusiasts do just that. Dan Toomey is the guest curator at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum for its five-year 150th Civil War anniversary commemoration. Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Toomey will present a free lecture and slide show titled "The War Came by Train. " Toomey will show audience members that the first front of the war was neither a political nor geographical boundary, but the main line of the B&O Railroad.
July 2, 2006
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, PA. - Ask Gary Muller what Mountaintop Heritage Days are about, and he will tell you, "It's a mountaintop thing, and most people don't understand. " Muller, owner of Flohr True Value Lumber in Blue Ridge Summit and one of the organizers of the event, said that the traditional lines of states and counties do not divide the community. Rather, the community views itself as one. "We cross the state line multiple times a day, we go to different schools, but we're still one community," Muller said.
July 16, 2011
Let's encourage all veterans and apologize to Vietnam veterans while we can To the editor: Regarding the July 8, 2011, letter to the editor, "Pay attention to what matters," yes the writer is correct, it's hats off to the vets and those who presently serve in the armed forces. However, folks in the all-voluntary military (after 1973) are there because they want to be. Perhaps they wanted a job with potential, an opportunity for further education, preparation for a civilian career, a desire to see the world, an alternative choice to jail time, a way to sidestep other personal difficulties, accolades, etc. These are all understandable reasons to join up. More power to all of them, but let's be honest with ourselves and stop trying to sanctify anyone in uniform in an attempt to show how humble, good, pure and patriotic we are. Eighty percent of our service members never see combat.
June 30, 2008
WILLIAMSPORT - When Civil War historian Steve French was doing research for a book on a Confederate brigade that retreated to Williamsport after the Battle of Gettysburg (Pa.), he turned to Williamsport residents to help him fill in the blanks. "People remembered old stories," said French, who researched the book for more than 14 years. "They had photographs. They showed me where the old roads were. " Now that "Imboden's Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign" has been published, French was eager to return to Williamsport to share it with the town.
June 12, 2012
1. It's a frenzy of good fishin' MIHI Fishin' Frenzy will be Saturday, June 16, at Pangborn Park, 530 Pangborn Blvd., Hagerstown. 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. fishing. Awards for largest fish caught and smallest fish caught, largest trout caught and largest five trout caught. Open to ages 12 and younger and 65 and older and those with disabilities. Call 301-745-6444. 2. 'Gods and Generals' - extended The extended director's cut of the epic Civil War movie "Gods and Generals" will be shown at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Bridge of Life church, 14 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown.