Hagerstown is located in the north-central part of the state of Maryland and a city and seat of Washington County. It sits along the Cumberland Valley, wherein it is situated in between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, just northwest from Baltimore. The area was first laid out by Jonathan Hager, who was a German immigrant and later on named the town as ElizabethTown after his wife, however, in 1814, the town was incorporated as Hager’s Town. By the 1820s, Hagerstown was turned to become a stopping point for the Cumberland (National) Road in the western part of the region. It was then occupied alternately by the Southern and Northern armies during the American Civil War and became a scene to some of the war's bloodiest battlefields, which also include Gettysburg, Antietam, and Harper’s Ferry.
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