Browsing All Posts filed under »Maryland in the Civil War«

Christmas in Hagerstown, 1861

December 25, 2011 by


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 […]

The Dam #5 Lockhouse: evidence of an effort from 150 years ago?

December 18, 2011 by


So many of us go to battlefields and imagine the damage done by artillery, yet, are unable to see the impact on the ground. There is, however… here and there… evidence of damage done to structures. While not the site of intense artillery fire, the lockhouse at Dam #5, on the Potomac, may have the […]

Romney, 150 years ago today: the first in a series of “blood clashes”

October 26, 2011 by


It’s barely a blip on the radars when it comes to Sesquicentennial commemoration/remembrance, but on this day, 150 years ago, some of my kin… some in blue, and others in gray… may well have exchanged shots. No, it wasn’t in one of the big battles, but, rather, a small scrap that resulted in Gen. B.F. […]

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

September 17, 2011 by


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, […]

150 years ago, today and yesterday… another personal Sesqui moment

September 3, 2011 by


James Draper Moore (distant half first cousin) enlisted in Co. B (Capt. William Firey’s Company), Cole’s Volunteer Maryland Cavalry (Potomac Home Brigade), September 3, 1861. James was born and raised in Clear Spring, Maryland, and was living with his parents at the time of enlistment. Joseph Lake McKinney (third great grand-uncle) had enlisted in the […]

Maryland’s Southern Unionists continue to fill the ranks

August 28, 2011 by


THE HOME BRIGADE.— The work organizing the Regiments, ordered to be raised by the Secretary of War as a Home Brigade in Western Maryland, is rapidly progressing. In Allegany county one regiment has been nearly completed, nine of the ten companies having been raised, with the assurance that the tenth one will be speedily forthcoming. In […]

Random adventures in the field

August 20, 2011 by


It’s often the way I roll… I know the general geographic area where I’ll venture to, but where I end up is about as predictable as the roll of a twelve-sided die. I drive, and then, when something catches my attention, I stop, and try to get a sense of the story of that place. […]

Looking for those who are no longer there…

August 14, 2011 by


This past Thursday, I drove through Clear Spring, Maryland. To be honest, it was part of a rather out-of-the-way detour that I made (by choice) en route to another location. Certainly, it’s not like I haven’t been there before… but, I just wanted to visit again… and, I’m sure it won’t be the last time […]

What causes (yes, that reads as plural) motivated Southerners to support the Confederacy

August 11, 2011 by


Ever since I found this paragraph (I’ve used it in two blog posts, the most recent being here), I’ve not been able to let it go easily. Though I’m not saying these motivations alone [see below] are to be considered the end-all list, I do believe they form the significant categories for the motivations.  When […]

Confederate oppression… there seems to be a trend here…

August 10, 2011 by


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 […]

The call for a (Western) Maryland Home Brigade

July 23, 2011 by


A Measure of Self Defense. The following letter from Hon. SIMON CAMERON, Secretary of War, to Ex Governor THOMAS, our Representative in Congress, explains itself:— WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, July 19th, 1861. Hon. Francis Thomas:— You are hereby authorized to provide for the organization of four regiments of the loyal citizens, residents on both sides of the Potomac river, […]

Maryland Unionists address the matter of Federal “interference”

July 23, 2011 by


“Old Maryland’s Wrongs” This is a favorite expression with the rebels of the South, who tried but failed to seduce our State from her loyalty to the Union. The other day, on the occasion of the presentation of a piece of secession bunting to the Baltimore Regiment in the rebel army at Richmond, Mr. JEFFERSON DAVIS, who […]

The despot’s heel, or a good swift kick from the tip of the boot?

July 17, 2011 by


I haven’t given much attention to Maryland lately, and having read the following (below) passage the other day from Marylander C. Armour Newcomer’s book (p. 10), Cole’s Cavalry; or Three Years in the Saddle in the Shenandoah Valley (1895), I thought back to my earlier post about the misconception that Maryland was Southern, and therefore, […]


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