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Centennial Times - July 29, 1861 - Navigation on canal

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July 29, 1861

Navigation Is Resumed On Canal

Navigation resumed on the Chesapeake and Ohio canal on July 17.

Coal is once again being shipped from the mines o£ Cumberland and the West to the navy yard and ships at Washington, D.C.

The Clear Spring Guards are protecting Dam No. 5, and exchange shots with Virginians on the opposite bank.

When the canal was attacked and blocked at Harper’s Ferry, Alfred Spates, of the company, went there to remonstrate with the Virginians. When he reached Dam No. 4, he found a body of men on each side of the river shooting at each other. He went across with a white flag and begged the Confederate to desist, but Gen. Johnson told him he intended to destroy all property that could be of use to the United States.
The U. S. government has given aid in repairing the canal, and made a contract with, the company to use all the coal the company can deliver.

Attacks continue against the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, another important artery of trade.




Used with permission of the Herald-Mail


Collection Location:
Hagerstown, Maryland

Original Size:
59 x 33 cms

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Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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