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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ransom of Hagerstown

 
 
Ransom of Hagerstown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
1. Ransom of Hagerstown Marker
Inscription. The existing City Hall was constructed in 1939, replacing the 1818 City Hall on this location. Town Treasurer and City Councilman Matthew Barber negotiated with Confederate General John McCausland regarding the ransom of Hagerstown in 1864.

Retreat From Gettysburg
On July 6, 1863, Captain Ulrich Dahlgren was wounded in his right leg at this location while leading a detachment of dismounted troopers from the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, as they advanced up North Potomac Street. The leg was amputated at a field hospital in Boonsboro, and later he returned to duty only to be killed leading a raid on the Confederate capital of Richmond on March 1, 1864.
 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
 
Location. 39° 38.589′ N, 77° 43.158′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of North Potomac Street (State Highway 65) and East Franklin Street (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling north on North Potomac Street. Click for map. Located in front of the City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Occupation (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Battle of Hagerstown
Ransom of Hagerstown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
2. Ransom of Hagerstown Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); First Battle of Hagerstown (within shouting distance of this marker); Treatment of the Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); Hagerstown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gettysburg Campaign (about 300 feet away); Hagerstown Ransomed (about 400 feet away); A City Divided (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
More about this marker. In the lower left, In this staged photo from June, 1863, Captain Dahlgren (standing) looks over documents held by Prussian military observer Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, who later developed "rigid airships" for passenger travel. In the center is a portrait of Corporal Lawrence Feigenschuh, 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, was captured by the Confederates in the streets of Hagerstown and held as a prisoner of war until exchanged in 1864. To the right is a photo of the Hagerstown City Hall (1818-1939), circa 1930.
 
Also see . . .  Crossroads of the Civil War. More information
Marker to the Left of the City Hall Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
3. Marker to the Left of the City Hall Entrance
about the Civil War activities in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. (Submitted on July 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Hagerstown City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
4. Hagerstown City Hall
The current structure dates to 1939. The previous structure had a clock and bell tower at the corner overlooking the intersection. The current hall has the clock and bell centrally located on the building.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 907 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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