Hagerstonians in the Civil War

Hagerstonians in the Civil War (HM20X5)

Location: Hagerstown, MD 21740 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 38.558', W 77° 43.303'

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Margaret Greenawalt, 1824-1911Catharine Bonebrake Bowman, 1821-1902

Many communities in this region boast of stories similar to Frederick's Barbara Fritchie or Middletown's Nancy Crouse, who defied the Confederates during their invasions of Maryland. Hagerstown is no exception.

Although the specific date of the event is lost to history, according to narratives written on the backs of these portraits, Margaret Greenawalt stood on the second floor porch of a building at this location "as the Confederates retreated through Hagerstown." As the rebels passed, she waived a Union flag at the troops, taunting them as traitors. Her sister, Catharine Bowman was afraid for her sister's safety. Catharine struggled with Margaret, trying to get her to come back inside the building. Imploring her sister to stop, she begged "Get back in here Maggie, they'll shoot you! They'll shoot you they will!"

The story was written on the backs of these photos by Myra L. McDade, who grew up on Broadway where Catharine and Margaret lived late in life. Myra explained that on several occasions Catharine related the story of Margaret's heroism to her and other neighborhood children.
HM NumberHM20X5
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Date Added Sunday, August 20th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266451 N 4391634
Decimal Degrees39.64263333, -77.72171667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 38.558', W 77° 43.303'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 38' 33.48" N, 77° 43' 18.18" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 59 W Washington St, Hagerstown MD 21740, US
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