Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Booknotes: Washington County in the Civil War

New Arrival:
Washington County in the Civil War by Stephen R. Bockmiller (Arcadia Pub, 2016).
"Washington County's involvement in the Civil War conjures images of the terrible aftermath of the Battle of Antietam. But many other events occurred there during the war. Wedged into a narrow neck between Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the area was the setting for many important events in the conflict. From John Brown launching his raid on nearby Harpers Ferry at the Kennedy Farm in 1859 to the dragnet that ensnared local citizens following President Lincolns assassination in 1865, the military was a constant presence. Antietam changed the course of the war and provided President Lincoln the military events needed to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal, and several rail lines were of vital importance for projecting Union strength into the Shenandoah Valley. They were regularly attacked and defended, and Hagerstown was nearly burned in 1864."
This is the latest Civil War related entry in the publisher's Images of America series, which are basically compilations of images arranged chronologically or by theme, with paragraph-sized captions attached. Photographs of individuals (soldiers and civilians) associated with Washington County, Maryland predominate but there are also reproductions of historical documents, artwork, newspaper illustrations, monuments, homes, towns, buildings and landscapes.

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