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Viewing the Civil War from a teen's perspective

The Civil War will be the focus of the Historical Society of Carroll County's Box Lunch Talk from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Carroll Post 31 American Legion.
"It's one of the events in our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War," said Cathy Baty, curator at the historical society.
At the talk, Sam Piazza will present Carroll County teenager Margaret Mehring's firsthand account of the movement of Northern troops through Carroll County to the Battle of Gettysburg.
Mehring lived in New Windsor and witnessed the troops as they moved through on their way to Gettysburg, said Baty.
Piazza is an attorney who wrote about Mehring for his thesis while studying for a master's degree in historical studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
"I chose the study of Margaret Mehring for my thesis because she represented a Carroll County teenager who overcame the personal loss of four of her siblings and both parents before the Civil War and the horror and division caused by this war," Piazza wrote in an email. "These experiences and her strong religious beliefs were the motivations for Margaret seeking leadership positions in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and advocating for temperance and women's suffrage."
Piazza, a Carroll County resident, said he wrote about Mehring because her story encompassed both the Civil War period and the Progressive Era. "The Civil War changed the political and social landscape of the United States forever with the freedom of the slaves and amendments to the Constitution," he wrote. "Women and their daughters who had entered the workforce and led home front support of the troops during the Civil War possessed the organizational experience and inspiration to push for a number of reforms in the Progressive Era, including women's suffrage."
Piazza will discuss war-related events and show how personal tragedy, the Civil War and religion were the some of the agents that later thrust Margaret Mehring into leadership positions in the temperance and suffrage movements.
Admission to the talk is $2 for members of the Historical Society of Carroll County and $5 for nonmembers.
Baty said, "You hear a lot about things from the military side, but this gives you a civilian look at how the war moved through Carroll County."
The American Legion is at the intersection of Green and Sycamore streets, Westminster.
Lunch is not available for purchase, but participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.
For more information, call the historical society at 410-848-6494.

Peaches and more
Benjamin's Kriders United Church of Christ will have its annual peach festival from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the church, 208 Kriders Church Road, Westminster.
The end of the summer brings fresh peaches, and you can buy them at this festival. Or purchase peach pies and peach dumplings. While there, you may want to enjoy a home-cooked lunch too. The menu includes chicken corn or beef vegetable soup, hot dogs, chicken salad sandwiches, pulled-pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, iced tea, lemonade, sodas and bottled water.
New Season Gospel Music will provide music throughout the afternoon and old-fashioned cakewalks will add to the fun.
For more information, call 410-857-5525 or email kridersucc@gmail.com.
Evening crab feast
Gamber and Community Fire Company will have a crab feast on Saturday evening.
Crabs will be steamed by Kent Narrows' Harris Crab House and the menu includes fried chicken, corn on the cob, pit ham, barbecued sausage, homemade crab soup, coleslaw, potato salad, veggies and fruit, as well as sodas and cold beer on tap.
Entertainment will be by the band Colliders.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and food will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Dance music will play from 7 to 11 p.m.
No coolers are allowed in the smoke-free social hall at the fire company. Attendees must be 21 or older.
The fire company social hall is at 3838 Niner Road, Gamber.
Last-minute tickets are still available. For tickets and more information, call Eva Brothers at 410-795-4228.

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