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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | July 24, 2013
Civil War event takes place Sunday Expect to hear cannon fire in Hancock on Sunday afternoon. Don't be alarmed, though. It will be part of a special program at the summer meeting of the Hancock Historical Society, to be held in the Joseph Hancock Park on West Main Street.  The guest speaker for the occasion will be Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy, who  is also president of the historical society. His topic will be “Cannons and Horses: The Nightmare That Was Civil War Artillery,” and, just for fun, his presentation will include live cannon fire.
BY KAUSTUV BASU | | July 23, 2013
Rectifying what one organizer called a “historical oversight,” a groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial to honor African-American veterans of Lyon Post No. 31 of the Grand Army of the Republic was held Tuesday at Hagerstown's Rose Hill Cemetery. The Grand Army of the Republic was a veterans organization for those who battled for the Union during the Civil War. “Hagerstown had two posts of this organization [the Grand Army of the Republic] ... Because Maryland was mostly segregated at the time we had two posts - one for white veterans and one for black veterans,” said local historian Stephen Bockmiller, who also works for Hagerstown city government as a zoning administrator and a development review planner.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 21, 2013
Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow told several local Korean War veterans on Sunday that they “would never be forgotten.” The Korean War, whose ceasefire 60 years ago is being commemorated through various events, has often been referred to as the “Forgotten War.” Korean War veterans have been using the anniversary events to educate the public about the war, said Les Bishop, commander of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War...
By DAN DEARTH | | July 16, 2013
Lee Blevins held a letter Monday that had remained sealed since his mother wrote it 63 years ago. The intended recipient was his brother, Heren, who was captured in 1950 while serving in the U.S. Army during the first year of the Korean War. Blevins said he had no idea what the letter would say as he opened the envelope, marked on the outside with a raspberry colored return-to-sender stamp that read, “Verified Missing in Action.” ...
By DON AINES | | July 13, 2013
A scheduled demonstration on Civil War medicine did not occur as planned at Saturday's Retreat Through Williamsport, but a number of people recognized an expert in the crowd. George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., was at the event as a visitor on Saturday, but still found himself being pulled aside by other visitors to answer a few questions. “There are a few misconceptions about Civil War medicine, things like biting a bullet because they didn't have anesthetics,” Wunderlich said.
July 13, 2013
Name: C.W. Whitehair  Age: 64 City in which you reside: Charles Town, W.Va. Day job: Author Book title : “Mosby: The War Years” Genre: U.S. History Synopsis of book: No single Confederate officer was feared more in Northern Virginia and the lower Shenandoah Valley by the Federal army than Col. John S. Mosby, commanding officer of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry. His method of warfare was unconventional, which earned him a reputation as a mastermind in psychological and guerrilla warfare.
July 11, 2013
While Gettysburg, Pa., attracted thousands of tourists during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg last week, Chambersburg has several Civil War-related activities, too. Ted Alexander, chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield, will present a free program at the Chambersburg Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East, at 1 and 3 p.m. July 20, which is Celebrate! The Arts at Old Market Day - the largest event of ChambersFest. Alexander will speak on the topic, “As They Saw the Rebels: Civilian Observations of the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns.” The Heritage Center also will show the film, “The Burning of Chambersburg” throughout the day between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. July 20. The 29-minute film was created by WITF in 1989 for the 125th anniversary of the burning of the town.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | July 11, 2013
By Rebecca Massie Lane Special to The Herald-Mail    On June 16, 2012, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened “Valley of the Shadow,” a landmark exhibition of authentic art and artifacts of regional, national, and international importance to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  Focused on objects telling stories of the Maryland Campaign, particularly Antietam and concluding with the...
By ROXANN MILLER | | July 5, 2013
Before 2008, few people knew about the Battle of Monterey Pass in Blue Ridge Summit. Washington Township, Pa., historian John Miller said the Gettysburg campaign has received all of the attention over the years, but the Battle of Monterey, fought on July 4 and 5, 1863, is no less important. On Friday, Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc. members, and state and local dignitaries dedicated a marker to commemorate the second-largest Civil War battle in Pennsylvania. “This is a milestone in the community,” Miller said.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | June 30, 2013
Gettysburg resident Daniel Lady left his farm July 1, 1863, and found a gruesome scene when he returned a few days later. The property on modern-day Hanover Road had become the only Confederate field hospital north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Surgeons threw body parts out Lady's parlor windows, and wounded men continued to seek shelter in his barn after the troops left. “They found dead soldiers that he and his 11-year-old son had to bury,” said Barb Mowery, president of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, which took ownership of the farm in 1999.
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