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Dec 18 1861- Wash Co troops, Skirmish at Dam 5.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY TROOPS IN THE SERVICE.—No County in the State has furnished as many troops for the service of the Government as our own County of Washington. Early in the struggle, and when the State yet hung tremblingly upon the brink of the Secession whirlpool, her brave sons of Clearspring, Williamsport and Sharpsburg boldly repulsed the rebel marauders from the opposite side of the Potomac, and were among the first Marylanders who fired a gun at those who were in the interest and service of the then rising rebellion. Subsequently they took the lead in organizing companies, and the county has now at least one thousand men under arms and in service. Of these the following four companies are in the 1st Regiment of the Home Brigade, at Frederick :
Company Officers.—Comp. A—Captain, Cook ; 1st. Lieutenant, Huett; 2d. do., Wilson. Company numbers 101 rank and file.
Company B—Capt. Holley ; 1st Lieut. Whittier; 2d. do., Beard. Numbers 85 rank and file.
Company P—Capt. Yontz; 1st Lieut. Burke ; 2d. do., Martin. Numbers 90 rank and file.
Company H—Captain, Cronise ; 1st Lieutenant, Bamford; 2d. do., Frey. Numbers 83 rank and file.
Besides these, Captain Fiery’s Company of Cavalry is attached to the 2d Regiment of the Home Brigade at Cumberland ; Capt. Russell's to Lamon's Brigade at Williamsport; Captains Kennedy and Karnes' Infantry Companies to the same Brigade, and Capt. Welsh's Company of Infantry, raised in this town, and numbering some eighty men, to the 4th Regiment of the Home Brigade, while there are at least eighty or a hundred men from the county in the various Pennsylvania Regiments, who entered the service before measures were taken here for the organization of Companies. If there is a county in the State which can exhibit a better fighting or voting record than Washington, we would like to see it.

It has been pretty certainly ascertained from persons on the Virginia side of the river that in the late skirmish at Dam No. 5, although there were but a few men firing from this side, the rebels suffered severely, sustaining a loss of five killed and nine wounded, They also left behind them a cannon and about seventy dollars worth of axes, shovels, picks, crow-bars, and other implements with which they intended to destroy the dam, and which, with the exception of the cannon, were brought over the river on Monday by persons who ventured across for the purpose. About four hundred shot and shell were fired by the rebels, and it is now believed that the Dam has been so weakened by their depredations upon it as to be incapable, unless at once repaired, of withstanding any unusual rise in the river. A few dollars expended upon it now might obviate the necessity of spending a great many thousand next spring.
On Wednesday, Capt. Russell, with his Cavalry crossed the river at the Dam, and scoured the country on the opposite side from that point to Williamsport, but did not meet any of the enemy's marauders.


Herald of Freedom & Torch Light


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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

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

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