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Nov 30 1864 Thanksgiving Day in Hagerstown (An Account of the Various Activities of the Day)

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Thanksgiving Day in Hagerstown. In compliance with the Proclamations of the President of the United States and Governor of Maryland, Thursday last was generally observed as a day of thanksgiving and prayer. The Circuit Court adjourned on Wednesday evening, the merchants closed their stores, and the other places of business, with few exceptions, were also closed, and the quiet almost of the Sabbath reigned. Appropriate religious exercises were held in the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches by their congregations, and in the Lutheran Church, by the Methodist, German Reformed, United Brethren and Lutheran congregations uniting. The several ministers of the uniting congregations assisted in conducting the services. The sermon was preached by Rev. J. Evans, from the last verse of the 92d Psalm, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O, Most High.”

The sick and wounded soldiers in the Hospital were kindly remembered by the ladies. A magnificent Dinner of Turkeys, Chickens, and various delicacies was prepared and spread out in the lower room, and the fair ladies who prepared it, served it, and made the brave men they feasted almost as happy as though they were back at their old homes again. The soldiers stationed here on duty were all hunted up and called in to participate. The whole appearance of the rooms as fitted up for the occasion, and everything connected with the affair were creditable to all concerned. Many baskets full enough to feast as many more remained over, after all had eaten. The soldiers present at that entertainment will long remember with gratitude the Union ladies of Hagerstown.


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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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