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Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Spirit of 1775

 
 
The Spirit of 1775 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
1. The Spirit of 1775 Marker
Inscription.
Less than half mile eastward is the famous spring around which, from their rendezvous on lands of Morgan and Bedinger, July 17th, 1775 Captain Hugh Stephenson’s Company of Virginia Riflemen, 98 volunteers started on their bee-line march to Boston Town, 600 miles away, reporting to General Washington on August 11th. They all pledged to meet at this spring fifty years hence, if alive.

Officers
Captain           Hugh Stephenson

Lieutenants
First           William Henshaw
Second           George Scott
Third           Thomas Hite
Fourth           Abraham Shepherd
Ensign           William Pyle

Sergeants
First           Samuel Finley
Second           William Kelly
Third           Josiah Flagg
Fourth           Henry Bendinger

Corporals
First           John Crawford
Second           David Miller
Third           Henry Barrett
Fourth           George Michael Bedinger
Surgeon           Garrett Tunison

Meeting at the spring in 1825, only two of the five survivors were able to keep their pledge:
Maj. Henry Bendinger of Berkeley County
and
Maj. George Michael Bedinger of Kentucky.

 
Erected 1932 by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution – Pack Horse Ford Chapter
Bee-Line March Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
2. Bee-Line March Marker
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 39° 25.577′ N, 77° 48.913′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on S Duke Street / Kearneysville Pike (West Virginia Route 480), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Soldiers in Elmwood Cemetery / Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fountain Rock (approx. half a mile away); Reformed Church Parsonage (approx. half a mile away); Free School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Hospital Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shepherd State Teachers College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shepherdstown (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shepherdstown.
 
Also see . . .  Pack Horse Ford Chapter. Pack Horse Ford has an important place in the history of the Virginias, since its situation determined the site of Shepherdstown and opened the way to the settlement of the Shenandoah Valley. By this route, the famous company of patriots, organized at Morgan's Spring, made their
The Spirit of 1775 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
3. The Spirit of 1775 Marker
"Bee Line March to Boston;" and had the honor of being the first company of soldiers from south of the Potomac to be greeted by General Washington. The Pack Horse Ford Chapter, NSDAR, erected a monument and tablet to these brave soldiers at the south end of Shepherdstown on October 28, 1932. (Submitted on August 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on S Duke Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
4. Marker on S Duke Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 770 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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