Samuel Ringgold, a native of Washington County, Maryland, was one of the most famous heroes of the Mexican War. He is mentioned in a stanza of the former state song of Maryland; towns in Texas, Georgia, and even in Washington County are named for him. But if you ask anyone in this area about him, the usual response is “Who?” His accomplishments, both in battle and in the early 1800s US Army, deserve far greater notice than he has received. Join us on Monday, August 5th for Dr. Tom Clemens presentation on Washington County’s Forgotten Military Hero.

Dr. Tom Clemens

Dr. Tom Clemens holds a Doctorate in College Education-History from George Mason University, Professor Emeritus from Hagerstown Community College. He is a Tour guide for the Maryland Campaign for the past 30 years. Tom is the Editor of Ezra Carman’s Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 Vols. 2010, 2012, 2016. Author of numerous essays and Magazine articles, appeared in several documentary films as on-screen historian, including the orientation film in the NPS Visitor Center. Tom has just completed The Carman Papers: The Maryland Campaign of 1862, the correspondence between Antietam veterans and Ezra A. Carman which is expect to be available this fall.

Come join leading historians and scholars as they discuss intriguing topics about their latest works and research on the Maryland Campaign and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These indoors programs are sponsored by the Jacob Rohrbach Inn and will be held in McKinley Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  The church is located at 209W Main Street with a small parking area off the alley. More parking is available on Main and Hall Streets. These lectures free and open to the public. Each week we hold a drawing in which the proceeds support the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. Be sure to check our Facebook page for updates and changes to the schedule.