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

Hagerstonians in the Civil War

Dr. John Absalom Wroe, 1817-1874

 
 
Hagerstonians in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 13, 2017
1. Hagerstonians in the Civil War Marker
Inscription. This home was constructed around 1838. During the Civil War, it was the home of Dr. John Absalom Wroe and his family. A native of Virginia, Wroe helped to treat wounded Confederate and union soldiers who were left in the City when the rebel army evacuated Hagerstown in July, 1863. Family lore states the Wroes hosted General Robert E. Lee and his staff for dinner during the Confederate occupation of the town. The Wroe children pranked the Confederate officers by hiding their side arms, which they removed for dinner, in a barn in the back yard. The Wroe family opened their home to Major Henry D McDaniel of the l1th Georgia Infantry after he was wounded at the Battle of Funkstown in the retreat from Gettysburg. They cared for him until he was sent to a prisoner of war facility. Major McDaniel later served as Governor of Georgia.

In 1923 the Womens club of Hagerstown purchased the property. A service club that was created during World War 1, the Womens Club converted the home for use as a boarding home for ladies, containing 21 guest rooms, a dining hall and a small auditorium.

Fascinating Fact
In 1901, Hagerstown resilient Mary Landon Mason married the aged former Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander. In her old age, Mrs. Alexander lived here at the Womens Club until her passing in 1946. She was one
31 South Prospect Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 13, 2017
2. 31 South Prospect Street
of the last surviving widows of a Confederate general.
 
Location. 39° 38.593′ N, 77° 43.498′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of South Prospect Street and Library Alley, on the right when traveling south on South Prospect Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 South Prospect Street, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Prospect (within shouting distance of this marker); Treatment of the Wounded (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hagerstonians In The Civil War (about 300 feet away); St. John's Church (about 300 feet away); Shenandoah Valley Railroad (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Hagerstonians in the Civil War (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Hagerstonians In The Civil War (about 400 feet away); The Cumberland Valley Railroad (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWar, US Civil
 
Dr. John A. Wroe's home<br>as it appeared in the 1870s image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 13, 2017
3. Dr. John A. Wroe's home
as it appeared in the 1870s
Close-up of photo on marker
Dr. John A. Wroe image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 13, 2017
4. Dr. John A. Wroe
(seated at right) in a family portrait with his siblings and parents
Close-up of photo on marker
General Porter Alexander and his wife, Hagerstown resident, Mary Landon Mason image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 13, 2017
5. General Porter Alexander and his wife, Hagerstown resident, Mary Landon Mason
on their wedding day in 1901.
Close-up of photo on marker
Hagerstown Women's Club<br>National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 13, 2017
6. Hagerstown Women's Club
National Register of Historic Places
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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