Browsing All posts tagged under »Hagerstown Herald of Freedom and Torch Light«

An ironic newspaper ad

September 3, 2012 by

2

But more from our vantage point, and not from those who read it at the time… This is from the September 3, 1862 edition of Hagerstown’s newspaper… 150 years ago today. Now, I guess it seems more ironic because of 1) Hagerstown’s proximity to Sharpsburg/Antietam… and 2) the fact that, in just 14 days, the […]

From gray to blue… Hagerstown’s Thomas C. Suter

March 14, 2012 by

9

I’m reminded today, via the Western Maryland Historical Library Facebook post, that, 150 years ago, as of March 12, the following hit the Hagerstown newspaper, Herald of Freedom & Torch Light… It’s an interesting piece, begging some questions, like… “as a Confederate officer, why did he take the oath so quickly?” Well, that’s part of […]

Christmas in Hagerstown, 1861

December 25, 2011 by

3

For those in western Maryland who considered themselves Southerners AND Unionists… (and, considering the circumstances as Southern Unionists… perhaps it should be “Unionists AND Southerners”) the first eight months of the Civil War must have proved trying between the back-and-forth of uncertainty regarding Maryland and secession, and the division in sentiment with those, mostly across […]

149 years ago today, but, what about a snapshot of 150 years ago today? Life one year before THE battle.

September 17, 2011 by

0

I encourage those who are able, to take advantage of all that is going on at Antietam National Battlefield, this weekend. Regretfully, I won’t be able to make it… though I most certainly plan on being there this time next year (and might even take a little time to hop across the Potomac next weekend, […]

An Iowa lieutenant’s love interest… in Union blue

August 20, 2011 by

0

Always interested in expanding my knowledge of the world around my Washington County, Maryland ancestors, (as many regular blog readers here know) whenever possible, I spend a fair amount of time perusing the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom and Torch Light. While I have no knowledge of my ancestor’s opinions on these stories, I still find […]

Confederate oppression… there seems to be a trend here…

August 10, 2011 by

11

Just sayin’… …for all the talk in Civil War “memory” about how wicked and oppressive the men in blue were, there seems to be convenient forgetfulness when it comes to how wicked and oppressive the men in gray could be. What is it that is said? For one finger pointing outward, indicating blame, there are […]

“Do not expect to enter my house, if you disobey my orders.”

August 7, 2011 by

2

It’s just one example of what likely occurred in many a Virginia household, in 1861, and even later. Yet, popular contemporary “memory” of Virginia, at war on the side of the Southern Confederacy, seems to have no, or very little “recollection” of such instances. The following comes to us via the August 7, 1861 issue […]

A mother returns to her daughter…

October 10, 2010 by

3

It’s extremely rare to see me recycle content, but I thought that I’d like to revisit a tale of a ghost that I mentioned last year. Considering the article appeared in the Hagerstown paper on February 8, 1860, there’s a chance that the story was even enjoyed by my Moore kin at Four Locks and […]

Yummy! Some recipes from 1861…

September 4, 2010 by

2

On rare occasion, I bring up the topic of food here, so… I can’t resist… whenever I find old recipes, I have to give them a shot… perhaps it’s the blood of my confectioner ancestors that comes to life when I find this sort of thing. Nevertheless, haven’t tried these yet, but wanted to pass […]

A Unionist Marylander voices his thoughts on slavery as the “ultimate cause” of the “strife”

April 19, 2010 by

2

… and this same Marylander believed that removing any discussion of emancipation was probably a good idea. Read the following from the January 8, 1862 edition of the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom and Torchlight: Our Union, vs. The Slavery Question MESSRS, EDITORS: – In this degenerate age, when rebellion stalks forth as a thief in […]

How Maryland Unionists defined Maryland secessionists (a satire)

January 10, 2010 by

1

From the December 18, 1861 edition of the Herald of Freedom and Torch Light: The kind of Secessionists we have in Maryland. A. Is a Secessionist because the fugitive slave law has not been enforced, which subjected South Carolina to such disastrous losses, that the Union must be dissolved as a means of self-preservation. B. […]

“The Home Brigade”

January 9, 2010 by

5

Just a quick plug-in to yesterday’s post… All this talk about Unionists in western Maryland… well, what were their motivations for enlisting (those that did) and what was their intent (in regard to the manner in which they would deal with the secession crisis) after donning blue? For the most part, it may be a […]

Status of Southern Unionists Chronicles

January 6, 2010 by

2

Yes, it’s still active. Until today, I haven’t posted anything in months, but reader activity has been on and off, and, when there are comments, the discussion has proven enjoyable. What I like most is hearing from those who are descended from Southern Unionists and “can handle the truth.” It’s really refreshing. True, I get […]

The Border State Representatives Respond to Lincoln’s Appeal

January 4, 2010 by

2

The following is a response to the appeal made by Lincoln (in this blog post from December) prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. It appeared on the same page, immediately following the President’s appeal, in the July 30, 1862 edition of the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom of Torch Light. Reply of the Majority. The following paper […]

Lincoln appeals (again) to the border states

December 19, 2009 by

3

Following-up from my post yesterday about Maryland’s independent efforts in emancipating slaves in Maryland… this is the piece that I promised would follow. The following is from the July 30, 1862 edition of the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom and Torch Light: The President’s Appeal to the Border States The Representatives and Senators of the Border […]

A little 19th century distraction just in time for Halloween

October 30, 2009 by

0

Sidetracking a bit (again) from the examination of western Maryland’s take on the “impending crisis” of 1861, I figured I’d post something else of interest from the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom and Torch Light. This comes from the February 8, 1860 issue. Nothing scary, just a touching 19th century “spirit story.” I always enjoy finding […]

The 1860 Presidential vote in Washington County, Maryland

October 24, 2009 by

2

As you may recall from my post from the other day, there was discussion about “Black Republicanism” playing a factor in the sweeping display of Unionism in the Clear Spring District. I mentioned in the same post, however, that only two votes were casts in the Clear Spring District for Lincoln. With that in mind, […]

John Minor Botts shares some thoughts on John Brown’s raid… and a little more

October 19, 2009 by

0

I’ll get back to my thread of posts on Southern Unionism in western Maryland (which began here), but today, considering the 150th anniversary events surrounding John Brown’s raid over the past weekend, I want to post something rooted in thoughts of the raid. Actually, while scrolling through the old CW-era Hagerstown newspapers this weekend, I […]

Were “Black Republican Proclivities” at play in Clear Spring?

October 14, 2009 by

3

Before I start with the article, I thought that I should point out… the Hagerstown Mail was a pro-secession publication, unlike Hagerstown’s Herald of Freedom and Torch Light. Apparently, the Mail, seeing all the talk (examples here and here) of strong Unionism in Clear Spring, thought that the town’s strong leanings toward Union might be influenced by […]