Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ransom of Hagerstown
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 742 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.