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Allegany Almanack, page 3

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demijohns of firewater on a long pole. Just as they reached camp one of them, unfortunately, stumbled. The pole broke, and so did the demijohns, much to the disappointment of the 'minute men.'

"Sometime in the late afternoon General Thruston sitting in front of his tent on Fort Hill was advised by the scouts that the rebel hordes were coming in his direction from the Williams Road. General Thruston replied: 'Damn them—let them come— everything's hunkadora.' A few hours later the scouts made a second report stating that the enemy was moving South making their way to the Potomac at Green Spring.

"Whereupon the General replied: 'Damm them—let them go—everything hunkadora!' Hence this near-battle on the site of Fort Hill was named by the townsmen of that day as the 'Battle of Hunkadora;' the land was known as 'Hunkadora Heights;' and to this day 'hunkadora' is still used as a local expression to indicate that everything is O. K.

"The real name for Vale Summit is Pompey Smash. I will tell you how Pompey Smash got its name. Over one hundred years ago there was quite a plantation located above Vale Summit, known as the Vale Farm. The produce from this plantation was brought to Cumberland for sale and shipment. The Plantation was worked by slaves. On one occasion a large covered wagon loaded with produce, drawn by four mules, and driven by an old slave named 'Pompey' suddenly collapsed as it made the turn in the road at the Clary Club. Hence this little settlement from which Pompey had come was called 'Pompey's Smash.'


Editor: Felix G. Robinson

General Lew Wallace's Camp of Indiana Zouaves in Cumberland, Maryland, during the Civil War. This Camp is now the present site of Allegany High School. The "Narrows" are seen in the background. General Wallace is best remembered for his historical novel "Ben Hur," part of which was written by him while staying at the Glades Hotel in Oakland, Maryland, where he came for rest, following his strenuous years of the war. From Herman J. Miller Collection of historical pictures.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History


Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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