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Herald of Freedom and Torch Light, Sept 1862 (2-2C War news: Washington County - Destruction of Property)

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



The beautiful district of country over which the great battle of Wednesday raged presents a melancholy picture of devastation. A number of houses and barns were destroyed, fences scattered as if a tornado had swept them away, hundreds of acres of corn trampled down and devoured, and wreck, ruin and desolation meet the eye at every turn. We have hitherto read of and contemplated the ravages of war at a distance, but alas! a large portion of our fertile county has fallen a victim to them, and we now see and feel them in all their intensity. We have been unable to obtain a list of the sufferers, but understand that among the heaviest is our old friend SAMUEL MUMMA, Esq., whose house and barn were burnt, together with all their contents. They were between the fire of the two armies, and were ignited by shells. We learn that Mr. M. lost all his household furniture, including the wardrobe of his family, and all his grain, hay, and farming implements. His neighbor, WILLIAM RULETT, Esq., one of our County Commissioners, also lost his horses and cattle and other property. He was in his house while the battle raged around it and was obliged to seek refuge in his cellar. - There he remained until the Federal troops drove the rebels back, and afforded him an opportunity to escape. The barns of SAMUEL and HENRY REEL were also destroyed by fire, and much other property of which we may be able to give a description hereafter. We understand that the majority of the homes in Sharpsburg, as well as those along the whole line of battle from thence to Keedysville exhibit marks of having been under fire. Some were penetrated in three or four different places by shot and shell, and in many instances their inmates made narrow escapes from destruction. The amount of personal property— horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, corn, hay and other provender—which was taken from the farmers was enormous. The whole lower portion of our county has been stripped of every description of subsistence, and what our people in that section of the county will do to obtain food for man and beast during the approaching winter, God alone knows.


Herald of Freedom and Torch Light

Maryland Historical Society

The Baltimore Sun 9/26/1862 carried this story, with attribution.

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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