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HCC to offer two new history classes

This summer, the Continuing Education and Community Services Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer two new history courses.

The first course, “1862: All Hell Breaks Loose,” will be offered on Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning July 18 and ending Aug. 1. Taught by historian Joe Mieczkowski, this course will explore the Civil War campaigns on both the eastern and western fronts. Discussion topics include the Union Army’s defeat by Robert E. Lee; General George McClellan’s command of the Union Army of the Potomac; the Battle of Antietam; the capture of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson; the defeat of the Confederate Army in Tennessee; the capture of the Union naval forces at New Orleans; and the attempted invasion of Kentucky by Confederate forces. Cost is $41.

The second course, “Liberty Line: Myths and Realities of the Underground Railroad,” will be offered on Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, beginning July 19 and ending Aug. 2. Taught by historian Ricky Swartz, this course will explore the history of the 1800s Underground Railroad, which helped fugitive slaves escape to the north. Discussion topics include the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850; the Northern Resistance; the Abolitionist Movement; and the scope, structure, and operation of the Underground Railroad itself. Cost is $46.

All classes will be held in HCC’s Valley Mall Center. For more information, or to register, call 240-500-2236, or go to