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Historic Newspaper Index
VOL I, No. 1
Hagerstown, Maryland - Thursday, March 26, 2015
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1845-1856 and 1860-1865

Currently Updating: July 1856

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.
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The Ransom of Hagerstown,
July 1864
A Distillery Burned. A Printing Office Destroyed. Another Alarm. Another Raid. Map of action of McCausland's Cavalry Brigade at Hagerstown, Md., Thursday, July 7th, 1864.
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Today's Headline

First Book Wagon

March 1 1865 - Crook and Kelly abducted to WV

A Bold Rebel Dash.
Major Generals Crook and Kelley Carried to Dixie.

On Tuesday morning, the 21st inst, about 3 o’clock, a part of about 150 rebels, mostly dressed in Federal overcoats, entered Cumberland by the Cresaptown road and proceeded at a slow walk along the main street to the front, of the Headquarters of Major Generals Crook and Kelley, where they halted and formed in line, facing the side pavement. General Kelley’s Headquarters are in the Barnum House, and General Crook’s in the Revere House, about 200 feet distant. They captured the sentinel in front of Gen. Kelley’s office, who, with presented pistols at his head, was compelled to conduct them to the General's sleeping apartment, where they captured him and his Adjutant General, Capt. Melvin.

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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
Article from Herald of Freedom and Torch Light, 1854
[Article from Herald of Freedom and Torch Light, 1854]
Cholera in Washington County, 1850-1853 by Melinda Marsden
Cholera returned to Washington County again in the 1850s. The epidemic of Asiatic cholera in the 1830s spread panic in the local community, so its reappearance twenty years later was a cause for concern in the local jurisdictions. See the full story...
Burning and Destruction of Chambersburg, PA

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, burned by rebel cavalry July 30th 1864. 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 Bank
[Hagerstown Bank]
Ransom of Hagerstown from Herald and Torch Light

A detailed account of the ransom of Hagerstown and General McCausland's rampage through Washington and Frederick counties. 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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