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Civil War - Hagerstown Newspapers - 150 years ago this week

Lincoln at Antietam
Lincoln at Antietam
Library of Congress.
The Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland newspapers covered the events of the Civil War in their pages, not just the events at Antietam and South Mountain, but throughout the country. Editorials and letters to the editor from both sides of the conflict were printed.

The project makes use of the Historic Newspaper Indexing Project that the Washington County Free Library has been engaged in for many years, funded by the Mary K. Bowman Fund for Historical and Fine Arts. The Herald of Freedom and Torch Light and other Hagerstown papers have been included.

This website will be updated weekly with items from the Hagerstown newspapers 150 years ago that week. In some cases, though, no newspapers have survived. For example there is no local account of the Battle of Gettysburg and the various battles that took place in Washington County as the Confederates headed south.

For Civil War newspaper stories around the state see 150 Years Ago this Week in the Civil War, Maryland's State Library Resource Center.


Western Maryland Regional Library is grateful to Carol Appenzellar who indexed and then selected the articles included and Joseph Berger who scanned the images from the collection at Washington County Free Library.

For other newspapers in the area see Crossroads of War, Maryland and the Border in the Civil War, Catoctin Center for Regional Studies.

 
   
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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