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'The rebels are coming!'– A Laurel Civil War Story

'The rebels are coming!'– A Laurel Civil War Story

During the Civil War, Union soldiers were camped at the end of Laurel’s Main Street on either side of the railroad tracks to protect the only railroad route between Baltimore and Washington. Even though there were no battles fought here, the presence of the Union Army affected local skirmishing.

This was the backdrop as described in a memoir written by a woman who lived here as a child during the Civil War and experienced personal tragedy.

Anna Pierpont Siviter, the eldest daughter of Francis H. Pierpont, wrote a memoir of her family’s times during the Civil War. The book, titled “Recollections of War and Peace 1861-1868,” has been out of print for many years, but a copy was...