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This week’s ‪#‎tbt‬ mystery pic was a postcard from our archives (PC1399) showing the fountain that once stood at the center of Emmitsburg’s town square at the intersection of modern-day Main St. and Seton Ave. The modern photo shows what this intersection looks like today.

A public well was built in the center square by 1823. In 1884, the town decided to replace the well with a fountain. Festivals, with music and other entertainment, were held to raise the money needed for its construction. The well was filled in, and E. G. Smyser built the fountain in its place in the spring of 1885.

When the roads were widened to accommodate automobiles, the fountain became a traffic obstacle. In 1926, the town government decided that a man needed to be stationed at the fountain to direct traffic during busy traffic times. Despite this precaution, a car crashed into the fountain and destroyed it only a year later. The city government then voted to sell and remove the fountain instead of repairing it.

There is some mystery surrounding where the fountain was then taken. One theory claims that it was moved to Frederick, where it became the 7th Street fountain in Frederick City. However, the true remains of the fountain have yet to be discovered.

More information about the Emmitsburg fountain can be found in this article written by the Emmitsburg Area Historical Society.



This week, our ‪#‎tbt‬ mystery pic goes out into the county. Where was this fountain? Bonus points if you can name the intersection!

Main Street & Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg! I went to kindergarten about a quarter-mile down the road to the right, and my parents ran a restaurant in the brick building on the left side of the square for a half-dozen years. 

Yay! Great work, and what a wonderful personal connection! We’ll share more info about the fountain this afternoon.

This week, our ‪#‎tbt‬ mystery pic goes out into the county. Where was this fountain? Bonus points if you can name the intersection!

The Rebel raid last week no doubt was intended to increase their stock of horses, cattle, money & provisions because they stole all the Good horses & cattle, money, bacon, corn, oats &c that they could lay hands on.

It is the opinion of people generally (and I made inquiry) that Frederick County suffered to the amount of two or three millions of dollars. The Rebs threatened to shoot people if they would not give up their money, horses, &c. At several places they caught a “tartar”.

Saturday July 16, 1864 3¼ o’clock PM

 - Jacob Engelbrecht’s diary

Last Saturday (one week ago today) our town was in possession of the Rebel Army (about 15000 strong) and they laid a contribution on the town of two-hundred thousand dollars (200,000$) which was forked over in a short shake and they departed southward at the Junction.

General Lew Wallace Gave them battle & rather whipped them. At any rate they got the worst of the bargain. They then went on & we picked at them at Urbana & they kept skirmishing & retreating towards Washington City & ultimately they crossed the Potomac at Edwards Ferry.

Bradley T. Johnson with the cavalry, after leaving our town or vicinity on Saturday, passed northeast through the county taking Mount Pleasant, Liberty, Johnsville & to Westminster through Carroll & Baltimore Counties & finally passed the B&O railroad below Sykesville. And I reckon by this time is over the river also.

These are the reports up to this time. Today we received the first regular newspaper from Baltimore since the 6 instant.

Saturday July 16, 1864 3 o’clock PM

 - Jacob Engelbrecht’s diary

We the good people of Frederick have been for one week (since Thursday July 7) without any communication with the outside world. We have had no paper since this day a week. We therefore know nothing about our army in any part of the country, not even in Baltimore & Washington City. We hope soon to be relieved from the suspense.

Thursday July 14, 1864 2 o’clock PM

 - Jacob Engelbrecht’s diary

When the Rebels advanced on Saturday morning last (July 9 1864) toward the junction our men were on the other side of the Monocacy on the hill over the bridge (iron bridge) & the Rebels commenced their batteries and they kept skirmishing & shelling all day & part of Sunday.

Our loss in killed was ___ men & ___ wounded. The Rebel loss was killed ___ men & ___ wounded. The wounded of both parties are now in our hospital at the barracks.

Our men burnt down the Georgetown Monocacy Bridge to prevent the Rebs from crossing but the Rebs tried their best to batter down the railroad iron bridge but could not. They however succeeded in burning all the railroad building (at) the junction, the dwelling house occupied by Frank Mantz agent of the railroad, all the Sheds, the water stations or rather engine to pump water out of Monocacy for the engines. They also burnt the Turnpike Bridge over the railroad &c. The main army & wagons are pushing down towards Edwards’ Ferry, near Poolesville to cross the Potomac & our men will try to prevent their crossing.

Whether they will succeed we know not but hope that they be “gobbled up”.

Tuesday July 12, 1864 8 o’clock AM

 - Jacob Engelbrecht’s diary

11th. Alice and I visited Hospital by invitation.

 - Catherine Markell’s diary

Yesterday’s Throwback Thursday was Confederate Row, located along the western edge of Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The cemetery opened in 1854, and became the final resting place for hundreds of Civil War soldiers who fought for both sides.

The large memorial stone marks a common grave in which 408 unknown Confederate soldiers from the Battle of Monocacy are buried. This grave was not known or marked until 1880, when the Frederick Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy were working to ensure that the soldiers were properly buried.

The front row of headstones marks over 300 soldiers, both Union and Confederate, which were identified. The back row of headstones was installed in 1998, when the original headstones could no longer be deciphered.

Our old City of Frederick was captured by the Rebel forces under General Jubal Early on Saturday July 9th forenoon or rather morning. They first entered about 6 o’clock AM from the west. We had no army to protect us except 2 or 3000 while the Rebels had from 10 to 15,000 men. General Early levied a contribution on Frederick of 200,000$ which I am told was paid on Saturday. The money was got from the banks & the Corporation became responsible.

About 8 o’clock AM on Saturday their wagon train commenced passing through town & it lasted 4 or 5 hours. 4 or 500 wagons must have passed. They burnt down the wagon yard east? of town. Down at the Monocacy Junction they had a battle & a goodly number were killed & wounded on both sides.

At the Barracks yesterday I saw at least 500 Rebel wounded & also of course prisoners. Many had limbs amputated I saw one operation of the amputation of the left leg of a Union soldier by Doctor Wier of United States Hospital. It took about 20 minutes. There were 15 Rebel & 5 Union (dead) buried yesterday afternoon (Sunday July 10th) about 10 o’clock AM.

The Union pickets came to town & run the Reb pickets out of town but in the affray one or two were killed & several wounded.

Some of the secessionist stores sold out all their Stock of goods. N. D. Hauer’s hat store was entered & robbed of all he had amounting to about 300$. Another store Jew Reineke was robbed of about two hundred dollars. The robbing of horses about the county was general. Some estimate the value of the horses stolen at a million of dollars in the county. The soldiers stole from the farmers, money, meat, chickens, cattle, sheep, & anything that came in their way.

These are awful times. One day we are as usual & the next day in the hands of the enemy; but whatever is the final issue, I say come weal or woe come life or death we go for the Union of the states forever one and inseparable.

Monday July 11, 1864 11 o’clock AM

 - Jacob Engelbrecht’s diary