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    William Othello Wilson, a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, was born on September 16, 1867. He enlisted in the United States Army on August 21, 1889. He earned the Medal of Honor on December 30, 1890 for "gallantry in action voluntarily", for successfully carrying a message to the battalion commander at the Pine Ridge Indian Agency in South Dakota.

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Adam Link 104 Years Old. Born near Hagerstown, Maryland on November 14, 1760. Died on August 15, 1864. Served in the Militia of Pennsylvania on three separate tours of duty.

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Juanita E. Jackson Mitchell was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Maryland law school and the first Black woman to practice law in Maryland. Originally denied admission to the University in 1927, she attended Morgan State College and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania after two years. With legal support from the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, which her mother headed, Mitchell was admitted when the university dropped their racial barriers.

Colin Powell is a retired Four-Star United States Army General who was the first African American to serve as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff and Secretary of State. Colin Powell was born in 1937 in the Bronx, New York to Jamaican immigrant parents. He attended public schools in the Hunts Point area of South Bronx and was eventually accepted to New York University. (there is more on website)

John McCausland - Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army, famous for the ransom of Hagerstown, Maryland, and the razing of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War.

ON OCTOBER 2, 1866, Emanuel Stance, the man who was to win the Medal of Honor for action in the post-Civil War period, approached a U.S. Army recruiting officer in Lake Providence, Louisiana. The recruiter, Lieutenant John Maroney, would record Stance's eyes as "black," his hair as "black," and his complexion as "black." His age would be recorded as 19 and his occupation as that of a "farmer." A more accurate description of his occupation would probably have been "sharecropper."

HAGERSTOWN MARYLAND ALMANAC 1863