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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Shot - Gettysburg

July 1st. 1863

 
 
Front of First Shot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
1. Front of First Shot Marker
Inscription. (Front):
First Shot
Gettysburg
July 1st. 1863
7:30 a.m.

(Left):
Fired by Capt. Jones with Serg. Shafer's carbine. Co E. 8th Ill's Cavalry
(Back):
Erected 1886
(Right):
By Capt. Jones, Lieut. Riddler, Serg. Shafer
 
Erected 1886 by Capt. Jones, Lieut. Riddler, and Serg. Shafer.
 
Location. 39° 51.058′ N, 77° 16.844′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Chambersburg Pike (U.S. 30) and Knoxlyn Road, on the right when traveling west on Chambersburg Pike. Click for map. Located in front of the Wisler House in a small tract managed by Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Twenty Sixth Pennsylvania Emergency Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Michael Crist Farm (approx. 1.2 miles away); 7th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Brigade (approx. 1.8 miles away);
Left Side image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
2. Left Side
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (approx. 1.8 miles away); Archer's Brigade (approx. 1.8 miles away); Twenthy-Sixth North Carolina Regiment (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg. Not surprisingly, several men claimed to have fired the first shot of the battle. (Submitted on January 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. First Shot Marker. Stone essentials entry on the marker offers some additional details about the marker. (Submitted on January 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Marcellus Jones, 8th Illinois Cavalry. A profile of Captain Jones. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Back of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
3. Back of Marker
Right Side image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
4. Right Side
Wisler House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
5. Wisler House
The marker stands on the left, next to the road sign. From the ground in front of the house, at around 7 a.m. on the morning of July 1, Captain Jones fired upon Confederate skirmishers moving up from Marsh Creek.
First Shot - Gettysburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jacob McCandles, October 8, 2011
6. First Shot - Gettysburg Marker
Taken from the intersection of Knoxlyn Road and Chambersburg (30, or Lincoln Highway) Pike.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,548 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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