Hagerstown Ransom

Intersection of North Potomac Street (Maryland Route 65) and West Washington Street (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling south on North Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740

Hagerstown Ransom

History: On July 6th, 1864, Confederate Cavalry General John McCausland and his 1,500 troops demanded a ransom of $20,000 from Hagerstown, or the town would be burned. Three local banks gave up the money, underwritten by the town council. After the war, a tax repaid the banks.

More to Explore: While in Hagerstown, expand your horizons and explore fine art, history, architecture and culture. The Jonathan Hager House offers guided tours of the early 18th-century home, built from uncut fieldstones and styled in the German tradition. The Washington County Museum of Fine Art holds a collection of 6,000 objects, paintings, sculpture and decorative arts focusing on 19th century and early 20th century American Art. The C&O Canal National Historical Park offers hiking and biking on the C&O Canal Towpath Trail, in addition to fishing tours for those intrigued by the canal's rich history. Nearby, the C&O Canal Byway weaves together quaint railroad and canal towns along the canal route and provides scenic views of the Potomac River.

Photo Credits:

  1. “John McCausland, Confederate General.”