A March, 11, 1865, report in The Sunapplauded the efforts of residents of Ellicott's Mills - which would two years later become Ellicott City - to meet their quota in the Civil War draft. It also described the growth going on in that bustling farming and trade center serving as the seat of the newly independent "Howard County":
"Accessible to Baltimore by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and by the Catonsville street railway, at almost every hour of the day, it is a matter of surprise that the attention of your citizens preferring a quiet residence in the country has not been more directed to this place, possessing as does, so many features of attraction.
"Commanding sites for building, beautiful and picturesque scenery, pure water, healthy and salubrious air, and intelligent and refined society, it offers inducements not more fully combined in any locality in the State. Educational and religious facilities are also abundant."