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Alexander's Civil War talk to bring 'Terror on the Border'

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
This image is of the aftermath of the Burning of Chambersburg on July 30, 1864, after Gen. McCausland's demand for $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in greenbacks could not be met by the residents of Chambersburg. The photograph of the bank and the Franklin Hotel in Chambersburg was taken by Burnite & Weldon, Harrisburg. It was printed in Harper's Weekly, on Aug. 20, 1864.

Allison-Antrim Museum (AAMI) will hold its summer quarterly meeting Thursday, July 10, in the restored German bank barn, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle.

"Terror on the Border: The impact of Early’s and McCausland's Raid on the Tri-state Area of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia," will be presented by Ted Alexander, AAMI’s historian and chief historian at the Antietam National Battlefield.

The summer of 1864 was one of terror for the people of the tri-state area.  Union troops destroyed private property in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, while Confederate incursions were made on a more than a 100-mile front.  Chambersburg was burned, Hagerstown was almost set to the torch, and Confederates swarmed all over the region, even fighting in action on the Antietam Battlefield.  The C & O Canal was, also, threatened, as was the important rail center in Cumberland, Md.

Alexander, author of several books on the subject will discuss how the Civil War passed through this region in a final orgy of death and destruction on the northern border.

The meeting is open to the public and there is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated and will go toward AAMI’s annual Speakers’ Series.

For more information, visit www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9010.