Still doing the area forging for goods, the solders crossed the river at this location to enter Hancock. Facing South, this picture of the crossing was taken from the City side just below the C&O canal by Steve French who was kind enough to be a guide with me and help take these pictures. Steve knows this area like the back of his hand.
This is the city culvert built under the C&O canal. Imboden rode through the culvert to gain entry into the city. Later there was a hole punched in it to drain the canal down.
The Canal looking North along the towpath, Hancock, Maryland.
Barlow wrote: Is Hancock Maryland named after General Hancock, and if so, what was it called in 1863? Maybe Howard, since Howard preceded Hancock at Gettysburg.
Here is the story behind the name.
“By the time of the Revolutionary War, the settlement boasted some twenty odd houses. Many names have been associated with the general area - Tonoloway Settlement, Northbend, and William's Town among them. It is generally held that the name Hancock derived from Edward Joseph Hancock Jr., who operated the ferry here prior to his enlistment in the 8th Pennsylvania regiment. After the war, Hancock migrated to Wayne County, Indiana.”