|A 1978 image of the Jacob A. Thomas house, where Union officer Wilder Dwight died on Sept. 19, 1862.|
The post-war bay window seen here has crumbled, leaving a gaping hole. (See this post on my blog.)
ALL PHOTOS: MARYLAND HISTORICAL TRUST, 1978.
In 1978, the second-floor porch, a feature of several area houses, was still intact.
The circa-1850 summer kitchen and farmhouse have deteriorated since 1978.
|2nd Massachusetts officer|
Wilder Dwight died of his
Antietam wounds on Sept. 19, 1862,
in a bedroom of Jacob A. Thomas'
house near Boonsboro, Md.
Also, a reader of the blog has shared with me a letter from a 2nd Massachusetts officer, dated Sept. 19, 1862, to Chaplain Alonzo Quint, who was with Dwight when he died. "My best love to the Col.," Colonel George Andrews wrote. Wilder, a Harvard-educated lawyer, died early that afternoon.
Unsurprisingly, many of you wonder why the house hasn't been preserved, and I'll aim to write about that in another post. In the meantime, I want to share these 1978 images of the circa-1850 Thomas house and circa-1870 barn on the property. The photographs were part of a 1978 Maryland Historical Trust survey, which noted that even then the farmstead was "deteriorating seriously."
Compare the images here to photos from my recent visit. Also, hover on the second and third images in this post to see a present-day view of the summer kitchen and farmhouse. (Note: Hover effect does not work on phone or tablet.) At the bottom of this post, find an interactive, present-day panorama of the old Thomas farmhouse and summer kitchen.
I'm keenly interested in telling the story of Wilder Dwight's death. If you have information to share, e-mail me here.
|The summer kitchen in 1978. It has deteriorated significantly since this image was taken.|
|Another 1978 view of the front of the once-stately home on a knoll near Boonsboro, Md.|
|The fence seen in this 1978 image has long since been removed.|
|The circa-1870 barn underwent significant restoration in 1999, 21 years after this photo was taken.|
(Click at upper right for full-screen experience.)