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Historic Newspaper Index
VOL I, No. 1
Hagerstown, Maryland - Friday, May 27, 2016
Find Articles Online:
1845-1857 and 1860-1865

Currently Updating: July 1857

Mary K. Bowman Fund
Community Foundation
The Historic Newspaper Indexing Project is funded in part by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Endowment Fund and by the Community Foundation of Washington County Maryland, Inc.
What's New on Whilbr
Western Maryland's Historical Library(Western Maryland's Historical Library)
The Ransom of Hagerstown,
July 1864
150 Years Ago This Week in the Civil War
Antietam National Cemetery
Antietam National Cemetery
Crossroads of the Civil War
Crossroads of the Civil War
Slaves and Free Africans
Slaves and Free Africans
Today's Headline





Washington, April 15.

President Lincoln was shot last night, and died this morning at 7 30!

He was at Ford’s Theatre, in company with his wife and Miss Harris, and while seated in his private box, was shot by a man who entered the Box. The shot entered the back of his head and lodged near the forehead.

>>> Read more here! <<<

Using the Newspaper Index
The Historic Newspaper Indexing Project began in 1980 as an aid to patrons researching Washington County history and genealogy. An Index to Hagerstown Newspapers is a multi-volume subject and personal name index to local and regional news published in weekly and semi-weekly newspapers in Hagerstown, Maryland between 1790 and 1890. The printed volumes covering the period from 1790 to 1854 and 1860 to 1865 are already completed and are on the open shelves at the Washington County Free Library (WCFL) in Hagerstown and in the Reference sections of the county branches. Microfilms of the original newspapers are available for the public's use on the
3rd floor of the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch in downtown Hagerstown. The index covers these current geographical areas: Maryland (Washington, Frederick, Allegany and Garrett Counties); Pennsylvania (Cumberland, Adams, Fulton and Franklin Counties); and West Virginia (Berkley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties). The indexing has been done from Hagerstown and Washington County perspective.

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Hagerstown Newspapers
During the Civil War

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News Articles
Canal in Washington County
[Canal in Washington County]
The Canal in Washington County, 1845–49 by Dr. Karen Gray
Although improvements and new businesses were appearing in Washington County as the canal began to become an important transportation route to the region, the second half of the 1840s was a time of slow growth for the canal and businesses associated with it due to three floods and continual difficulties in completing the canal to Cumberland.  See the full story...
Maj. Samuel Ringgold
[Maj. Samuel Ringgold]
Mexican War and Washington County by Dr. Thomas Clemens

The novelty of war, unknown in the United States since 1815, and the improved communication of the telegraph and rapid transit of steam boats and trains combined with the cheap and abundant newspapers made the war with Mexico a public sensation.  See the full story...
Hagerstown Mail
[Hagerstown Mail]
Hagerstown and Washington County

A brief history of Washington County and Hagerstown, Maryland See the full story...
Burning and Destruction of Chambersburg, PA

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, burned by rebel cavalry July 30th 1864. See the full story...
Hagerstown Mail
[Hagerstown Mail]
Hagerstown Newspapers During the Civil War with an Introduction to the Country Newspaper

Newspapers in Hagerstown during the Civil War See the full story...
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