CDV PHOTO OF RUINS AFTER THE BURNING OF CHAMBERSBURG, PA

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Item Code: 141-14

Clear image of a house structure in ruins. Double gold ruled mount with a Carlisle, PA photographer’s backmark.

On July 30, 1864, Brigadier General John McCausland and 2,800 Confederate cavalrymen entered Chambersburg and demanded $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in greenbacks. The residents of Chambersburg failed to raise the ransom, and McCausland ordered his men to burn the town. Flames destroyed more than 500 structures leaving more than 2,000 homeless. Damage was estimated at more than $1.6 million.  [jet]

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