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Herald of Freedom and Torch Light, Sept 1862 (2-2D War news: Washington County - Influx of strangers)


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

   



INFLUX of STRANGERS.

The recent terrific battles which have occurred upon Washington County soil, between the National and Rebel forces, have drawn hither strangers from every part of the loyal States, who have been wending their way in immense numbers to the scene of bloodshed and horror. But few persons can form even the faintest conception of the horrors presented by a battle-field, the eye beholds but the lips can but faintly express the misery here exhibited — the soul is sickened, the heart grows faint. Here and there, in the ravaging course of the shells and shots may be seen the stalwart man, whose stout frame promised many years of natural existence, suddenly terminated by the death-dealing missile brought to bear upon our numerous and invincible hosts. The Union and the Rebel soldier, in many instances, lay close side by side, cold in death.

Many were deprived of an arm, leg, and eye, still surviving, impatiently awaiting their turn for medical assistance. The real horror can better be imagined than described, and a visit to the hospital where amputations are being made will fully impress the visitor with its startling horrors.

Who among us three months since could have been induced to believe that ere this unholy rebellion was terminated the battlefield would be transformed to Maryland soil – true it is, that the first blood was spilt upon its soil by the rebellious element of Baltimore City, who upon the 10th of April, 1861, made a murderous onslaught upon the Massachusetts soldiery who rushed to the defence of the National Capital. Providence may so design that the last as well as first blood may be shed upon our "sacred soil" and result in restoring peace and harmony of our disquieted country.




ID:
wchf040

Creator:
Herald of Freedom and Torch Light

Rights:
Maryland Historical Society

Date:
Sept 10-24, 1862

Collection Location:
Maryland Historical Society

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

Coverage:
Washington County, MD. September 1862

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

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