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Nov 16 1864 Citizens of Hagerstown Patrol Streets in Face of Rebel Attack

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On Saturday evening last, a despatch was received by Gen. Sullivan, stating that a body of 500 rebels under Gilmor were about crossing the river at Shepherdstown, for the purpose of making a raid upon Hagerstown. Battery L of the 5th Regular artillery, on its way to Remount Camp at Pleasant Valley, was stationed in the public square, and the guns loaded with grape and canister, ready to sweep the street with the death-dealing missiles on the appearance of the foe. By direction of Gen. Sullivan, Sheriff Oliver summoned the citizens “to arms,” and five hundred responding, patrolled the streets, and picketed the suburbs all night, anxiously awaiting the appearance of the enemy. But with the calm hours of the Sabbath, the welcome information came that “All was quiet on the Potomac,” that no enemy had crossed the river, and that whatever danger had threatened, was over. At ten o’clock, the artillery “limbered up,” and renewed its march for Pleasant Valley; the citizens laid aside their arms, and went to church, and the stranger coming into the town, would have noticed nothing which would have indicated to him that he was among so martial a people. Gen. Sullivan deserves and has the thanks of our people for his trust in them. The people here are brave, and only needed to hear the voice of a leader like the heroic Sullivan, calling them to arms, to rally to the defence of their homes against the thieving marauders of the Rebellion. No mere raiding party crossing the river hereafter, should have a man escape to tell the tale. Let the people resolve upon this, and the danger from raids will be over. Their leaders would fear the fate of Morgan and his band on their trip through Ohio.


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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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