New book brings Civil War-era Baltimore alive

NEIGHBORS

October 05, 1997|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

YOU DON'T have to be a Civil War buff to appreciate the new book for sale at Toomey's Bookshop in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center on Camp Meade Road. It's not just a war book; it's about the life of a city during a war.

"Baltimore During the Civil War" will interest everyone who wants to know more about Baltimore's history. The events of the past do not seem that long ago in this book, and more than 125 forts, bridges, hospitals and public and private buildings you'll recognize are identified.

The first book-length account of Baltimore during the war, it was written by two well-known local authors, Scott Sumpter Sheads and Daniel Carroll Toomey.

Sheads is a ranger-historian with the National Park Service at Fort McHenry. Toomey and his wife, Carol, have operated Toomey's Bookshop for five years. The live in Ferndale.

He is a seventh-generation Marylander, and one of his ancestors, J. H. Toomey, drove locomotives for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad throughout the Civil War.

Toomey has been writing and publishing Maryland-related projects since 1975. Among his other accomplishments, he was the project historian for the Maryland Memorial at Gettysburg and crafted the inscription on that monument.

For information, call 410-850-0831.

Crop Walk Oct. 12

Find some sponsors who are willing to pay you to walk and their pledges, and your efforts can help feed the hungry locally and worldwide.

At 1 p.m. Oct. 12, St. John Lutheran Church and Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church will participate in the second annual North County Crop Walk. This event helps raise money for the North County Emergency Outreach Network and other ecumenical missions.

The route will be along the B&A Trail starting at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association on the site of the fairgrounds. The walk is on a flat, paved surface of 6 miles, but you don't have to go the whole distance. No skateboards, bikes, or in-line skates are allowed. Refreshments will be set up along the way.

Connie Perry, co-chairman of the Mission Committee of Linthicum United Methodist Church, said it is best to get pledge forms ahead of time. They are available by calling Jack Syme at 410-761-7672 or the church office at 410-859-0990.

Allen Siperik, Crop Walk chairman for St. John Lutheran Church, said to call the church office for sponsor sheets at 410-859-0020. Each church will have a table where pledges and sponsor sheets can be turned in at 12: 45 p.m. on the day of the walk.

Craft show Oct. 18

A few spaces are available for rent, at $25, for the Holiday Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 in Ferndale United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Call 410-761-2880.

The next meeting of the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association will be at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday at Linthicum Elementary School. Information: 410-850-0678.

School orientation

There will be two volunteer orientation meetings Wednesday at Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School. To attend the 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. meeting in the media center, call 410-691-4344.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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