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January 16 1834

Corkonians Begin War

Corkonians begin what is known as "The Irish War" by assaulting Longford laborers on the C&O Canal line. During the assault, Longford man John Irons was killed.

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January 20 1834

Longford Men Take Revenge

In response to the Corkonian assault a few days earlier, Longford men overtake unsuspecting Corkonians on the canal line 6 miles below Williamsport. This battle ended with 5 or 6 Corkonians wounded, and over 50 prisoners taken by mounted citizens and contractors.

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January 24 1834

The Irish War

600 or 700 Farndowners marched to Middlekauff’s Dam in an army formation, armed with guns, clubs, and heives. There, 300 Corkonians awaited them, armed in part by military-grade weapons. The Corkonians were funneled through the woods where they were picked off like wild game. This battle marks the first time the Federal government was used to settle a labor dispute.

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BeforeJanuary 28 1860

Dam No. 5 Severely Injured

The Shepherdstown Register reports that due to the breaking of the ice on the Potomac River, 80 to 100 feet of the old dam was washed away.

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May 11 1899

Boatmen Discouraged

The newspaper reports boating on the canal as "very discouraging". Many are not making enough to cover expenses.

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A chronological listing of historical events which may have affected the lives of residents in eastern Jefferson County and surrounding areas.
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