Ladies and Gentlemen...
This is a little off the Antietam topic, but does have to deal with
the Civil War in Washington County, MD. I write wearing my work
hat....as a City Planner for the City of Hagerstown.
We are working on installing some "Civil War Trails" interpretive
markers, like the ones you see with historic information on them at
National Parks. We are installing 8 markers to mark the homes of
prominent Civil War figures who lived in Hagerstown.
One of the homes is of Assistant Surgeon Edward Kershner, who was the
second to last man to abandon the USS Cumberland as it sank at
Hampton Roads; victim of the CSS Virginia. In his retirement years,
he lived on Oak Hill Avenue in the north end of Hagerstown.
I have found an OUTSTANDING painting of the sinking of the
Cumberland, completed last year by the artist James Gurney. It can be
viewed at Gurney's blog at the following link:
Page down about 80 percent of the way to the bottom, to his entry
from March 8, 2008.
This is by far the most compelling painting of the event ever done.
We would love to use it on the interpretive exhibit, but his fee is
not in the budget provided by a State grant to allow its use.
Mr. Gurney is willing to reduce his normal royalty payment for its
use from $500 to $300. I am looking around to see if I can find
donors to cover the remaining $300. To date, I have collected $140
from friends in my USS Constellation living history organization.
Can I find a few $20-$50 donors to make up the difference to fund
Hagerstown's use of this painting in memory of Surgeon Kershner? You
would be giving the money to a government (City of Hagerstown) so
your contribution would be tax deductible, and a letter would be
provided for your tax records.
Please respond to my work email at sbockmiller at hagerstownmd dot
org to let me know if you are willing to lend a small hand in our
Otherwise, I will just need to pick one of the existing illustrations
in the collection of the Naval Historical Center, which we have all
seen before, which will only cost $10 for the print.
Thanks for listening. Hopefully we can collect the remaining fee and
significantly upgrade this exhibit and properly interpret Kershner's
service and experience.
Stephen R. Bockmiller, AICP
Development Review Planner/Zoning Administrator
City of Hagerstown, MD
City Hall, Room 400
1 East Franklin Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-8577 x 139