Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown Trust Co.
associated in the practice of law, and, at his request, accepted. The duties have been perfunctory since I have been trustee, for all things necessary to be done as to the formation of the company and completion of its purpose, were done long before my appointment. The company came into being, as far as I know, under the Act of 1870, chap. 213, a copy of which I enclose. I never knew of this Act until recently; for it was never called to my attention; nor did I know of any trustee or trustees ever having been appointed by the Governor of other states: nor were the provisions of the Act, as far as I know, ever followed. My associate Trustees were Genl. Hy Kyd Douglas, whom I have just mentioned, and Dr. A.S. Mason, both of Hagerstown. Genl. Douglas and Dr. Mason were in the Confederate service and, naturally, felt deeply interested in the life and welfare of the Association Both are now dead and I am left, the sole surviving trustee. Since the death of Genl. Douglas and Dr. Mason there has been formed the "Confederate Memorial Association of Washington County, Maryland". Not long ago I was requested to meet the Executive Committee of this Association and talk over filling the vacancies caused by the death of Genl. Douglas and Dr. Mason. I did so; and requested that the Association select two persons, capable of acting as Trustees; send the names to me and I would forward them to you for your consideration. Under date of November 30, 1912, I received a communication, and, as it is self explanatory, herewith enclose it. Mr. Lamkin, one of the persons chosen by the Association, has been a resident of Hagerstown for a long period. He served in the Confederate Army, and is very much interested in the Cemetery Company. Mr. Beckenbaugh, the other one selected, is the nephew of Genl. Hy. Kyd Douglas, and has been a resident of Hagerstown all his life. He likewise, although a much younger man than Mr. Lamkin I suppose about forty years of age is very much interested. These names I submit to your consideration and ask, if you can so conclude, that you appoint them trustees of the Washington Cemetery. I beg to remain,
Most respectfully yours, /s/ Sam B Loose
(Letter from A. Steinmetz, Steam Marble Works)
Philadelphia Oct. 12th 1876
Hy. Kyd. Douglas , Esq. Presdt. Wash. Cem. Co.
In examining the papers to day relative to the Scotch Granite monument I find you desired it made of the Light-Shop Granite which is a grey color with a spot something the color of agot. & when Mr. Geo. Freaner who gave me the order called here I by mistake showed him the Peter Head which is a red colour The price is all the same for either, but you if you remember rather admired the Light Shop the most. The order has been sent to Scotland. But which ever of the two you wish I can give you. As it will not be too late to change if attended to at once Should you be unable to give a discussion I can send samples of both by Express. You would also oblige if you could send me the lettering you wished cut on and on which sides it is to go on.
Sam Pruett, Hagerstown Civil War Roundtable
Western Maryland Room, WCFL
Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865, Registers of dead; Cemeteries, Maryland, Washington County; Confederate States of America, Army, Maryland.
Washington and Frederick Counties (Md.), 1868