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Herald of Freedom and Torch Light, Sept 1862 (2-2B Other news: Washington County)

Herald of Freedom and Torch Light, Hagerstown, Md., September 1862, page 2 Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


The Rev. Dr. Kurtz, many years ago the esteemed Pastor of the Lutheran Church of this town, thus alludes to his connection with that congregation and its members in a late number of the Lutheran Observer :—

"Of the scores and hundreds who constituted the large Lutheran congregation at Hagerstown when we took charge of it, but a solitary one, so far as we can ascertain, remains, viz: "Father SHRYOCK" who, in that day, was an active pious young man, known by the name of "Captain SHRYOCK" as he had just returned from the war of 1812 with Great Britain on the grave question of "Free Trade and Sailors' Rights," in which war he commanded a company of volunteers from Hagerstown. He alone loiters with us in the rear, the great bulk having from year to year "gone the way of all flesh." Thus, the third and fourth generations now compose for the most part the existing Lutheran congregation of that place.

The first generation consisted of ageing men and women; the second we received into the church, and now constitute, so far as they in small numbers still survive, the second; and their children and grand-children the third and fourth, who now fill up the same pews occupied by their forefather a half century ago. The last time we administered the Holy Supper as pastor of that church, we had upwards of five hundred communicants, now, (thirty years having elapsed,) the number scarcely reaches three hundred! What has become of the thousand members whom we received into the church, and of the thousand subsequently admitted by our faithful successors? A large proportion migrated to Ohio, or further west, and became the nuclei of Lutheran churches there; another proportion have been transferred to heaven, we trust, and the remnant are dispersed sparsedly in Maryland, but chiefly in trans-alleganean regions."


Herald of Freedom and Torch Light

Maryland Historical Society

Sept 10-24, 1862

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Maryland Historical Society

Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862; Maryland Campaign, 1862; Hagerstown (Md.)--Newspapers.

Washington County, MD. September 1862

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

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