| Sep 17, 2012
| 7:22 AM
On Twitter the Library of Congress has retweeted this morsel from the WorldDigitalLibrary: "Battle of #Antietam was #OnThisDay in 1862. 23,000 killed. ..."
The Libraryof Congress should know better. The butcher's bill* for Antietam, the 23,000, is the...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 12:42 PM
The days are growing shorter, and sunset continues to arrive a little earlier each evening. While the change is minor for most of you, it gives would-be thieves more time to operate under the cover of darkness.
There have been numerous posts on the Old...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 11:19 AM
Nowadays, the "bink" of metal softball bats from the softball diamond is about the loudest noise heard near American Legion Post 60 in Laurel.
But it wasn't always that way.
Around 150 years ago, it was commonplace for residents to hear the "boom"...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 8:50 PM
The simple act of going for a walk becomes an adventure when the weather turns crisp and Mid-Atlantic trees change color. Check out these area hiking trails to get a breath of fresh air, to commune with nature and to get a glimpse of our region's rich...
| Mar 29, 2014
The American Civil War was not the first armed conflict to become the subject of the camera.
But it was the first to generate large numbers of pictures, then shape both history and the public's awareness of what happened on the battlefield through the...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 11:44 AM
The state mental health commissioner is fighting efforts by freedom of information advocates to undo a law — which they say passed under last-minute, "murky circumstances" in 2011 — that blocks historians' research into Civil War soldiers...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 2:23 PM
No one can say that nothing good came of this week's federal government shutdown.
In an affront to every decent American, the hallowed ground of the Gettysburg National Military Park — a world-renowned symbol of the gallant struggle against a...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 12:22 PM
By Rebecca Massie Lane
Special to The Herald-Mail
On June 16, 2012, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened “Valley of the Shadow,” a landmark exhibition of authentic art and artifacts of regional, national, and international...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 1:35 PM
There’s a cherry tree growing in the Miller House garden. It sits among the gooseberry bushes, near the grape arbor and under an ancient black walnut tree that overhangs from a neighboring property. There’s a fig tree, a quince tree, a...
| Aug 23, 2013
Antietam Unit 236, Sharpsburg American Legion Auxiliary President Ava Gift presented a Blue Star Banner to Keedysville residents Michael and Teresa Swiger and son Kevin during the unit’s Aug. 13 meeting.
Their son Christopher Swiger is stationed at...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:04 PM
In the years after the Civil War battle of Antietam, John Burnham of Hartford descended into madness.
Alonzo Maynard of Ellington, who was shot four times in the struggle for Burnside Bridge, spent the rest of his years in physical agony, sometimes...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:35 PM
The Town of Sharpsburg will kick off a lively street festival Saturday, Sept. 14, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the town’s founding.
The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival will feature various artisans, musical...