Author Steve Bockmiller To Speak On The Confederate Ransom Of Hagerstown At The Miller House

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – The Washington County Historical Society, in partnership with the African American Historical Association and The Contemporary School for the Arts & Gallery, will present a program on the 1864 Confederate Ransom of Hagerstown with author Steve Bockmiller on Saturday, December 16 from 1-3 p.m. at The Miller House.

Bockmiller is the author of several Civil War books including of Hagerstown in the Civil War, Washington County in the Civil War and Follow the Money—the 1864 Ransom of Hagerstown. He works as the Planning & Zoning Administrator for the City of Hagerstown by day but has always had an interest in the Civil War, particularly Hagerstown’s Civil War history. Bockmiller has served on the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area board and was the primary writer and designer of the 50 historic interpretive panels placed throughout the city. He has worked on Civil War documentaries and also coordinated Hagerstown’s Civil War sesquicentennial events.

“It’s a pleasure for us to offer a program with Steve Bockmiller,” said Ron Lytle, chairman of the African American Historical Association. “There’s no one who knows more about Hagerstown’s Civil War history and the fascinating story of the ransom of 1864.”

African American Heritage speaker programs are held on the third Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at the Miller House Museum, home of the Washington County Historical Society. There is a suggested donation of $10. Children are free of charge. Advance registration is recommended and can be done by calling the Washington County Historical Society at 301-797-8782.

The primary function of the African American Historical Association is to research African American history and culture and utilize that research to further educate and inform communities in western Maryland and Pennsylvania. For more information about African American Heritage in Washington County, visit