“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mercersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Citizens Seized

Citizens Seized Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beverly Pfingsten, May 18, 2008
1. Citizens Seized Marker
Inscription. On October 10, 1862, Confederate cavalry commanded by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart briefly occupied Mercersburg on their way to raid Chambersburg. Acting under orders from Gen. Lee, Stuart took ten men from the Mercersburg area hostage.
Cornellus Louderbaugh and John McDowell were released later because of their age; D.O. Blair and William Raby escaped; George G. Rupley, James Grove, Joseph W. Winger, William Conner and Daniel Shaffer were taken to Richmond's Libby Prison and paroled some months later; Perry A. Rice died in Libby Prison. During the Gettysburg Campaign in 1863 the Confederates also took John Filkil, Findley Cuff, Samuel Brooks, Amos Barnes and other African Americans to Richmond and kept them from their families for months.
Erected by George Nalley & Lannie Gordon.
Location. 39° 49.705′ N, 77° 54.238′ W. Marker is in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Seminary Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mercersburg PA 17236, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lane House (a few steps from this marker); Buchanan House
Citizens Seized Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2012
2. Citizens Seized Marker
(a few steps from this marker); President Buchananís Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Murphy's Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); John Darby, Lot 14, 1786 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ambush at Mercersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); James Buchanan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Archibald Irwin House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Mercersburg.
Categories. African AmericansMilitaryNotable EventsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
Marker in Mercersburg Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2012
3. Marker in Mercersburg
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,321 times since then. Last updated on . Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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