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By JULIE E. GREENE | 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.
NEWS
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.
EDUCATION
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.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
by KATE S. ALEXANDER/Staff Correspondent | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
by DON AINES | July 7, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com Against an abstract set of panels and platforms, the cast of "Waynesboro Under the Confederate Flag" breathed life into accounts of the 15 days in late June and early July of 1863 when the rebel army controlled the town during the Gettysburg campaign. A Confederate army with high hopes marched in playing "Dixie" and "Maryland, My Maryland," but it was a decimated force that retreated through the town after the battle. Narrator Kay Yaukey noted, however, "the procession was no rout.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | 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.
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EDUCATION
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.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | October 14, 2011
Special to The Herald-Mail With 23,110 casualties, the Battle of Antietam remains a day of great loss for America and it stimulated a chain of events leading to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Battle of Gettysburg. The Cumberland Valley was the site of both of these campaigns and in the process of memorializing the dead, lands have been set aside and sanctified. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will mount a long-term exhibition from June 16, 2012, to July 28, 2013, titled "Valley of the Shadow.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
April 5, 2009
Author Steve French receives award The Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey has awarded Steve French of Hedgesville, W.Va., the Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award for 2008. The award is presented to the most original work on the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War. The Bachelder-Coddington Award has been given annually since 1996. 2009 visitor guide now available The Hagerstown-Washington County 2009 Visitor Guide has arrived and is being distributed by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | 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.
NEWS
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.
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