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by PEPPER BALLARD | February 18, 2007
TRI-STATE - Secrecy has made piecing together local Underground Railroad history a challenging task, but it's a labor that historian Thomas Gerhart has made his mission. "There's still a struggle for information," said Gerhart, whose Greencastle, Pa., home contains stacks of books and pamphlets on the subject. Prior to 1998, when President Clinton signed The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act, widespread information on the Underground Railroad was scant, Gerhart said.
May 8, 2012
1. Celebration of heritage Martinsburg Heritage Day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in downtown Martinsburg, W.Va. Events will include dedication of the new town square, tours of historic buildings and museums, live entertainment, demonstrations and food and craft vendors. Go to . 2. On pointe Western Maryland City Ballet Company will present "Le Corsaire," at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown.
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.
By BOB HOOVER / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | February 23, 2009
"A. LINCOLN: A BIOGRAPHY. " By Ronald C. White Jr. (Random House; $35) The contrast between the two inaugurals of Abraham Lincoln illustrates the story of the four terrible years that separated them. Before his first swearing-in, March 4, 1861, the Republican Party's first president had arrived without fanfare in Washington, his timing unannounced to avoid assassination. At 52, Lincoln was an untried, unknown quantity with no executive experience in government. He stood for preservation of the nation and a ban on slavery in new states, but status quo in slave states and enforcement of fugitive laws.
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 19, 2010
Mark P. Brugh's original play "Antietam Anthologies: 1862" examines the messy work - and messy politics - of identifying, relocating and re-interring the bodies of Confederate soldiers six years after the Battle of Antietam. "I wanted people to know the names of the people from Sharpsburg who did heroic acts of bravery and exhibited valor in the wake of adversity," said Brugh, as actors arrived for a recent Wednesday night rehearsal. "Antietam Anthologies" premieres Friday night and continues through Sunday, Sept.
By AMY WALLAUER | April 15, 1998
by Ric Dugan / staff photographer see the enlargement Civil War artifacts among those unearthed at manor BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Amateur and professional archaeologists have been gently scraping away years of soil and clay at Edgewood Manor this week, uncovering bone, pottery, nails and buttons - even a Minie ball - dating as far back as the Civil War. By Wednesday, some of their finds on the historic estate included early 20th-century ceramic pottery and glass, a piece of a clay pipe from the Civil War era, ceramic pottery made in the 1750s, and polychrome glazed pieces from the 1820s to 1840s.
January 5, 2011
Word is just in that, of all things, our brains are shrinking — and this has nothing to do with the new Congress. No, scientists instead are saying the size of the human brain peaked during the Cro-Magnon period and has been shrinking ever since. The reason, scientists contend, is that we do not need as many wits about us today as we did back then, seeing as how there is far less chance of being attacked by a sabertooth tiger. (Although far more chance of being attacked by Brett Favre.
by Thomas G. Clemens | October 24, 2004
The recent flurry of letters from neo-Confederates asserting that slavery had no role in the Civil War is troubling, as they seem doggedly determined to force counterfactual information on the public. The trend towards "true Southern history," minimizing the slavery issue by insisting that all of America was racist, and that slaves fought for the Confederacy is a spurious and disingenuous argument. Using half-truths and outright misinformation, they try to avoid what any serious historian of the Civil War recognizes as a major issue of the war. Having studied the Civil War since my early teens and teaching it on a college level here in Hagerstown and at George Mason University, I feel qualified to point out a few holes in their argument.
by Albert E. Jenke | April 25, 2004
Jesus then said, "If you should be remaining in my word, then you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will be making you free. " They answered him, "We have never been slaves of anyone. How are you saying that we shall be becoming free?" Jesus answered them, "I am saying to you that everyone who is doing sin, is a slave of sin. " As those people were deceived in Jesus' day, so are we even more deceived today! The truth is that the Jewish crowd to whom Jesus spoke were at that very time little more than slaves to the Roman Empire.
by ANDREA ROWLAND | February 1, 2004
A series on the Underground Railroad in the Tri-State area; Sunday, Jan. 25: An overview of the Underground Railroad Today: Slavery and the path to freedom in West Virginia. Sunday, Feb. 8: A look at the history of Washington County and other parts of Maryland as slaves sought freedom. Sunday, Feb. 15: Fugitive slaves reached free soil when they crossed into Pennsylvania, but that did not mean they were safe from slave catchers. andrear@herald-mail.
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