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The Ransom of Chambersburg Print

Chambersburg Civil War

To purchase the Limited Edition Ransom of Chambersburg Print, click here.

“The Ransom of Chambersburg” painting commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Brig. Gen. John McCausland’s ransom demand on the Courthouse steps on July 30, 1864 in Chambersburg. The Chamber commissioned historical artist Jeff Trexler to depict the scene in collaboration with historical consultant, Ted Alexander. A total of 150 signed and numbered prints are available for purchase at $100 each at the Heritage Center Gift Shop. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Civil War battlefield preservation.

The first of its kind, no other piece of artwork has ever been commissioned to depict the Chambersburg ransom demand. Historian Ted Alexander provided information on the personalities involved in the incident as well as data on uniforms and other aspects of the scene.

In the painting, General Bradley Johnson, McCausland’s second in command, is behind the General. He was from Frederick, Md. To the right of Johnson is McCausland’s aide, Captain Fitzhugh. On horseback in the plumed hat is Major Harry Gilmor, a noted raider and native of Baltimore. The citizen delegation to the left of McCausland was composed of prominent citizens such as lawyers and businessmen.

When the ransom demand was not met, the town was put to the torch. More than 500 homes, businesses and out buildings were destroyed in the fire.

Please call 717-264-7101 to purchase a print of “The Ransom of Chambersburg,” visit the Heritage Center at 100 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, or click here.