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Hagerstonians In The Civil War

Brevet Brigadier General George Bell, USA
1828 - 1907

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Hagerstonians In The Civil War Marker
Inscription. George Bell was the son of William Duffield Bell, developer of South Prospect Street and editor of the Hagerstown Torchlight newspaper. He grew up in this neighborhood. An 1853 graduate of West Point, Bell served at several posts in Texas and the east coast, including Fort McHenry. His accomplishments include:
1861 - Courier for General-Chief Winfield Scott, carrying secret dispatches to Texas. He was then assigned to the field artillery, but soon was transferred to the Commissary Department.
1861 - As a lieutenant and commissary officer, he arranged to provide food for General McDowell's army during the First Manassas Campaign.
1861 - 1865 - Stationed at the Annapolis, Alexandria and Washington DC depots as the regional commissary officer. Arranged for the purchase, preparation and distribution of the food necessary to daily feed tens of thousands of soldiers and prisoners of war held in the region. Promoted several times. [Picture included]
1865 - Breveted (honorary) promotion to brigadier general for meritorious service.
1892 - Retired with rank of colonel. When he died his remains were returned to Hagerstown and interred in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Fascinating Fact
As an example of how the Civil War was a war of "brother
Hagerstonians In The Civil War (Picture at left) image. Click for full size.
By The Marker
2. Hagerstonians In The Civil War (Picture at left)
Col George Bell, circa1885
U.S. Army Military Institute,
District of Columbia MOLLUS Collection
against brother", George's brother Henry C. Bell served as a private in the 1st Maryland Cavalry Battalion in the Confederate Army.



 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
 
Location. 39° 38.636′ N, 77° 43.467′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on West Washington Street (U.S. 40) near South Prospect Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Treatment of the Wounded (here, next to this marker); Hagerstonians in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Prospect (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hagerstonians In The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cumberland Valley Railroad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shenandoah Valley Railroad (about 600 feet away); Crossroads of History (about 600 feet away); Bench Mark "A" (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Hagerstonians In The Civil War Marker, pictures at right side image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Hagerstonians In The Civil War Marker, pictures at right side
Hagerstonians In The Civil War Marker,(R), seen along West Washington Street (U.S. 40) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 17, 2011
4. Hagerstonians In The Civil War Marker,(R), seen along West Washington Street (U.S. 40)
Hagerstonians In The Civil War Marker, looking eastward along West Washington Street (U.S. 40) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 17, 2011
5. Hagerstonians In The Civil War Marker, looking eastward along West Washington Street (U.S. 40)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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