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B-52 bomber crash in Western Maryland, 1964

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A B-52 bomber with a crew of five and two thermonuclear bombs on it crashed in a snow storm on Big Savage Mountain, near Grantsville, Garrett County, on January 13, 1964. The result was a massive search for the location of the plane, and for the crew, four of whom had ejected from the plane. The military were …

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B-52 bomber crash in Western Maryland, 1964

The Ransom of Hagerstown, 1864

On July 5, 1864 Brigadier General John McCausland of the Confederate States of America marched towards Hagerstown, the county seat of Washington County, Maryland and a transportation hub. Merchants fled from the town with what supplies they could carry and the Market House became the Confederate headquarters.

 

McCausland then demanded …

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The Ransom of Hagerstown, 1864
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World War II veterans, Washington County, Md.

Washington County residents in World War II, like the rest of the nation, enlisted to serve. According to research conducted by Thomas Cochran, using Maryland in World War II: Register of service personnel, published by the Maryland Historical Society in 1965, there were 7875 service members from Washington County, Maryland from …

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World War II veterans, Washington County, Md.
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Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties in Western Maryland have a rich and diverse history.  View images from the collections of the libraries, historical societies and individuals in the three counties.  There are photographs, newspaper articles and indexes, rare books and more. 

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