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On June 28, 1755, Gov. Horatio Sharpe informed the Maryland Assembly “that a party of French Indians, had attacked “the back inhabitants of Frederick County,” killing three and capturing eight other. Those killed were John Williams, his wife and their grandson. Williams’ son Richard and his granddaughter Susannah were taken captive. Richard eventually escaped, but Susannah was held for 13 years before being freed in a prisoner exchange. Susannah eventually married Uriah Blue.

On June 28, 1817, the Board of Directors of the Bank of Westminster voted to open a branch bank in Frederick to be known as The Office of Pay and Receipt, later the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank.

On June 28, 1858, Monocacy Mills at Buckeystown was destroyed by fire. Jane, a slave belonging to mill owner Theodore C. Delaplaine, was later arrested and charged with arson. This was the last of three devastating fires to strike the facility. The first was on August 7, 1824. The second occurred on August 14, 1855.

On June 28, 1863, George Armstrong Custer, an 1861 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a room at the City Hotel on West Patrick Street in downtown Frederick, by Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton. This action was taken on direct orders from the War Department. Custer was killed on June 25 or 26, 1876, at the Battle of The Little Big Horn.

On June 28, 1863, General George C. Meade assumed command of Union forces from General Joseph ("Fighting Joe") Hooker near Prospect Hall, just outside Frederick.

On June 28, 1864, Frederick native Bradley T. Johnson, a nephew of Thomas Johnson and a former state's attorney for the county, was given command of Confederate General W. E. Jones' Calvary unit under General Jubal Early.

On June 28, 1876, the 4th of July celebration on the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of a resolution by the Maryland Convention declaring independence from England was held in Frederick.

On June 28, 1924, Father William J. Kane, who prevailed upon the Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore to staff a school in Frederick in 1915, died. He was buried "at the center of the Third Street wall of the parish (St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church) cemetery, just behind the grave of Roger Brooke Taney and to the right of his predecessors of the Society of Jesus."

On June 28, 1930, a stone from Devil's Den at Gettysburg, with an attached bronze plaque was unveiled near Prospect Hall where General George G. Meade relieved General Joseph Hooker. (See History Moment above.)

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