Ransom of Hagerstown

Ransom of Hagerstown (HMDQK)

Location: Hagerstown, MD 21740 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 38.581', W 77° 43.358'

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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.
Placed ByMaryland Heritage Area
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 7:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266374 N 4391679
Decimal Degrees39.64301667, -77.72263333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 38.581', W 77° 43.358'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 38' 34.86" N, 77° 43' 21.48" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 95 W Washington St, Hagerstown MD 21740, US
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