Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hagerstonians In The Civil War
Congressman James Dixon Roman 1809-1867
In the Spring of 1861, Roman served as a Maryland representative to a "Peace Convention" that was assembled at Washington's Willard Hotel in the hopes of avoiding the coming Civil War through a negotiated settlement. While strongly pro Union, he was against forcing seceding states to stay in the Union. In July, 1864, as President of the Hagerstown Bank, Roman was asked by the City to coordinate efforts to collect and pay the $20,000 ransom levied on the City by Confederate General McCausland.Seriously ill at the time, Roman walked to the Courthouse (one-half block east) and settled the payment with the Confederate leaders to save the city from threatened destruction.
[ Picture included: Congressman James Dixon Roman]
Among Giants - Roman and the 30th Congress
The 30th Congress
Rep.Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia - Vice President of the Confederacy
Rep. Howell Cobb of Georgia - Speaker of the Provisional Confederate Congress and Major General in the Confederate Army
Rep. John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts - formerly 6th President of the United States
Rep. Robert Barnwell Rhett of South Carolina - Prominent Leader of South Carolina Secession Convention
Rep. Abraham Lincoln of Illinois - future 16th President of the United States
Rep. Horace Greeley of New York - Abolitionist and Editor of the New York Tribune
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
Location. 39° 38.627′ N, 77° 43.426′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on West Washington Touch for map. Located between South Prospect Street and Summit Avenue. 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. Treatment of the Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hagerstonians In The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Hagerstonians in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Prospect (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crossroads of History (about 400 feet away); Ransom of Hagerstown (about 400 feet away); Bench Mark "A" (about 400 feet away); For God and Country (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
Regarding Hagerstonians In The Civil War. James Dixon Roman US Congressman, After studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1834 and established a practice in Hagerstown, Maryland. Elected as a Whig to Congress in 1846, he served a single term, from 1847 to 1849. He returned to Hagerstown and was president of the Old Hagerstown Bank from 1851 until his death in 1867. He was a member of the peace convention held in Washington, D. C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war.
Also see . . . Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. James Dixon Roman ... (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Politics • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.