“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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. This courthouse was built in 1873, replacing the courthouse that stood at this site during the Civil War. In 1864, Confederate General John McCausland met with town officials and the directors of the Hagerstown Bank in the court clerk's office to finalize payment of a $20,000 ransom levied in retaliation for Union destruction in the Shenandoah Valley.

The former courthouse, constructed in 1785, was used as a hospital in the weeks after the Battle of Antietam in 1862.

Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas, youngest officer on the staff of Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, practiced law from his office on West Washington Street following the Civil War and later served as a judge of the Circuit Court.
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
Location. 39° 38.581′ N, 77° 43.358′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Washington Street (U.S. 40) and Summit Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Washington Street. Click for map. Located on the side of the Washington County Courthouse. 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. Crossroads of History (here, next
Washington County Courthosue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
2. Washington County Courthosue
The marker is on the lower right of the courthouse in this view. On the other side of the wall is the nearby "Crossroads of History" marker.
to this marker); For God and Country (here, next to this marker); Washington County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Bench Mark "A" (within shouting distance of this marker); A City Divided (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hagerstonians In The Civil War (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Ransom of Hagerstown (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hagerstown.
More about this marker. In the upper left is an illustration showing the old Courthouse. To the right are portraits of McCausland and Douglas.
Also see . . .  Crossroads of the Civil War. More information about the Civil War activities in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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