April 12 1865 - Rejoicing
The good news crowded so thick and fast upon us, that our citizens were kept up to the highest pitch of enthusiasm during the entire week. On Monday there was ringing of bells, and firing of guns, and bursting of rockets, and cheers, and hand-shaking and congratulations, and embracing of friends from early dawn until midnight. Every body was happy—joyous—exultant.— There may have been a few who buttoned up their coats, and looked steadfastly in another direction when they passed the bulletin boards, but the number was so inconsiderable, as scarcely to elicit remark. There was a liberal display of bunting all over town; and the Star Spangled Banner never seemed to float more proudly or to inspire higher feelings of respect and adoration.
The boys were in their glory. The public schools were all dismissed and Young America had such a holiday as he had never seen before. Young America is a boisterous, self- willed lad, but he is thoroughly patriotic, he had sham battles and skirmishes through the streets, and bonfires blazing in the square.—
We are under the impression that nearly every boy in town has a U.S. musket or carbine, and there must be a whole magazine of powder some place near the suburbs. We give a word of caution to our young friends with regard to their guns. We have been privately informed that it is quite possible there will be a U. S. Ordnance officer in town in a few days, if he is not here already, and all the guns and carbines that are found in the hands of the boy will have to be turned over to him. It is quite important that the boys who have guns should keep them out of sight. If they disregard this notice, they will certainly lose them. We hope that the boys will take this hint. There are some very nervous ladies in town, and they are so annoyed by the constant firing, that they will inform on every boy that has a gun. We hope there will be no more firing on the streets.
When the smoke of our great victories has cleared away, and gallant veterans have returned let us get up a celebration worthy of the patriotism and loyalty of Washington County.
Herald & Torch Light
Washington County Free Library
Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865