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The Civil War
April 12, 1861–April 9, 1865

It has been over 150 years since the first shot of the Civil War was fired at Fort Sumter, S.C.

With the beginning of hostilities on April 12, 1861, North was pitted against South, brother against brother, fathers against sons.

Maryland, both by geography and the sentiments of its residents, was a border state.

Troops from both sides passed through the Tri-State area with some frequency, skirmishes and battles were won and lost, and the Union and Confederate armies clashed along a creek in Washington County in the bloodiest single day of the war.

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War, The Herald-Mail has prepared a package of stories and photos, and a map of events, designed to offer a glimpse back at those tumultuous days.

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