Centennial Times - June 27, 1862 - 500 Rebel Prisoners in Hagerstown
Five Hundred Captive Rebel Troops Paraded In Streets Of Hagerstown
ARRIVAL OF REBEL PRISONERS—
On Saturday evening last, June 14, quite a sensation was produced in our town by the announcement that five hundred rebel prisoners were approaching from Winchester.
Late in the evening they arrived under a guard of four companies of Federal soldiers, one from the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment, one from the 27th Indiana, one from the 29th Pennsylvania, and one from the 3rd Wisconsin, the whole under the command, as we learn, of Capt. Buchanan of the latter Regiment. They were captured by Gen. Fremont at Harrisburg and other places along the route of his pursuit of Jackson, and were from Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.
Having seen so many “peace” rebels, our citizens were curious to look upon a body of “fighting” rebels, and hence crowds of them lined the sidewalks as the prisoners were marched through our streets, but no demonstration of any kind was made. The Union men were too magnanimous to triumph over a fallen foe, and the Seceshers were either afraid or ashamed of the ragged and forlorn appearance of those who are fighting for their rights. All prejudice aside, they were unquestionably as shabby a group of men as the eye ever rested upon; very few were clothed in uniforms or comfortable garments of any kind, and fewer still exhibited marks of intellect, dignity or chivalry. The great mass of them appeared to be demoralized to the very last degree, and yet they are said to be an average specimen of Jackson’s entire force.
Many of them were quite full of the spirit of rebellion, and boasted of Jackson’s ability and determination to enter Maryland, but they were very ignorant of the real facts in connection with the progress of the war, believing and asserting that every battle fought had resulted in a rebel victory and asking whether there had not been an uprising of the Secessionists of Baltimore on the occasion of Jackson’s recent raid on the Potomac. Others expressed themselves tired of the war and were evidently pleased they had been captured and removed from its dangers and burdens. There were a few officers among them, who were out on parole while here, but even these were poorly clad, and not at all calculated to impress a spectator with very exalted ideas of the Southern chivalry of which we have heard so much boasting.
(Herald and Torch)
Rhodes Restaurant Is Wrecked By Angry Mob
On Tuesday night another outbreak occurred in this town, during which Rhodes Restaurant was attacked and demolished and the proprietor and his son driven off. On the same night the silversmith shop of George Gruber was also destroyed. Comment upon these scenes at the present time is neither advisable or necessary. Those who sympathize with this hellish rebellion, inaugurated for the overthrow of government, law and order, are beginning to see and feel its consequences. (Herald and Torch)
TO THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON COUNTY
Industrious, secret and contemptible slanderers having been busy with my name in attempting to associate me with the riot in this town on Tuesday night, the 11th of June, in this: that I was a spectator at the destruction of the property of William P. Rhodes, Esq. — I take this method of vindicating my character and name from the charge by pronouncing the rumor or report a wilful, deliberate and most injurious slander, and the author or authors thereof as cowards and liars.
HENRY GANTZ, Sheriff Hagerstown, June 24, 1862
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