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Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Shepherdstown Rally Point

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 1, 2017
1. Shepherdstown Rally Point Marker
Inscription.  Near this site in July 1775, then part of Berkeley County , Va., two companies of riflemen, led by Captains Hugh Stephenson of Berkeley County and Daniel Morgan of Frederick County, Va. rallied prior to their 600-mile journey to join General George Washington in the defense of Boston Ma. These frontier patriots were among the first to answer the call to arms by the Continental Congress resolution of June 14, 1775, authorizing the raising of 10 companies of riflemen. This was the beginning of what was to become, under the Constitution the United States Army.

Dedicated in ceremony September 17, 1988, during “Constitution Week,” by the Honorable John O. Marsh, Jr. Secretary of the Army; Major General John A. Wilson, III, Adjutant General of West Virginia; The Honorable Audrey Egle, Mayor of Shepherdstown; and Mr. Charles Freeland, president of the Shepherdstown Men's Club.
 
Erected 1988 by the Shepherdstown Men's Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1775.
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 1, 2017
2. Shepherdstown Rally Point Marker
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39° 25.301′ N, 77° 49.27′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Kearneysville Pike (West Virginia Route 480) and Starkey's Landing, on the left when traveling south. This marker is located in Morgan's Grove Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fountain Rock (here, next to this marker); Spirit of 1775 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery Vault (approx. 0.7 miles away); Memorial To Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Dead (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Soldiers in Elmwood Cemetery / Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas (approx. 0.7 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 1, 2017
3. Shepherdstown Rally Point Marker
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4. Morgan Springs
From My Ride to the Barbecue by Alexander Boteler, 1860.
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5. Reporting at Cambridge
From My Ride to the Barbecue, by Alexander Boteler, 1860.

In My Ride to the Barbecue, a short book published during the antebellum crisis, Boteler argued that because the people of the Lower Shenandoah, particularly of Jefferson and Berkeley counties, were the first people of the South to go to the aid of Boston in the Beeline March of 1776, the Bostonians should now reciprocate and defend their Southern allies against abolitionists.” — Historic Shepherdstown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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