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From gray to blue… Hagerstown’s Thomas C. Suter

I’m reminded today, via the Western Maryland Historical Library Facebook post, that, 150 years ago, as of March 12, the following hit the Hagerstown newspaper, Herald of Freedom & Torch Light… It’s an interesting piece, begging some answers like… “as a Confederate officer, why did he take the oath so quickly?” Well, that’s part of [...]
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