3868Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Hagerstown in General
- Nov 20, 2007The two stories concerning HKD that I offen wonder about if true incidents or otherwise were:
1. He was arrested in Shepherdstown while trying to get a photo of himself in his confederate uniform. If my memory is correct...to impress a lady friend.
2. He is said to have assisted John Brown when his wagon was stuck in the Potomac below his family homestead I guess in 1859?
Are these true accounts or fiction?
When we stay over in Shepherdstown, we usually stay at the Clarion Motel, and as I pass HKD's graveyard my mind often turns to this very interesting character.
----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Clemens
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 2:36 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Hagerstown in General
Hmmm, good question. Doug has his war-time diary, but does not share
it. I wouldn't either, but it would be neat to see a bio of him.
Enough people had exposed the tall tales in his book to warrant a
revision of him in the war.
Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> "eighth_conn_inf" <eighth_conn_inf@...> 11/20/2007 2:14 PM
I've always found it interesting that no one has written a biography
of HKD. Are there insufficient materials about him to justify a book
or is it something else other than lack of interest of a writer?
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Clemens" <clemenst@...>
> For what it is worth,
> When I was hired here in 1978 I met an older fellow who told me that
> HKD used to stroll through north end of Hagerstown in the evenings
> a rose clenched between his teeth so that everyone would recognize
> he was a gentleman! The person who knows the most about HKD and
> number of his possessions is Doug Bast in Boonsboro. he owns the
> Boonsboro Museum of History on Main Street and some of the HKD
> are there. You might want to get in touch with him for details of
> Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
> Professor of History
> Hagerstown Community College
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