Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Spirit of 1775 Beeline March to Cambridge
[Picture included: The Morgan Springs]
"... at the base of the hill..., a glorious spring leaps out into the sunlight... flowering over the smooth sides of an artificial reservoir, it runs rippling along, making merry music as it tumbles over its rocky bed into the placid waters of the lake... this is ' Morgan's Spring' " (My Ride to the Barbeque , 1860, Alexander Boteler)
Boating and fishing were pastimes until the railroad was completed in 1879. Its gravel bed severed and covered portions of the marl marsh, affecting the flow of many springs that fed the lake. Today, Morgan's Spring still flows, only into a large pond, which is on private property.
[Included: Shepherdstown map
Beeline Map- Shepherdstown to Cambridge, MA
Picture of Virginia Riflemen monument at Morgan's Plantation
Picture of Rifle and riflemen
Drawing of George Washington greeting Virginia riflemen]
...each soldier furnished his own uniform of 'homespun' hunting shirt made of two linen, fringed around the neck and front, leather leggings, and mocassins[sic]. Each wore a bucktail in his hat, and had a tomahawk and scalping knife in his belt. 'Liberty or Death' was embroidered on the front of the hunting shirt.Alexander
"They(riflemen) use a peculiar kind of musket called a rifle. It has a circular pattern of grooves within the barrel and carries a ball with a great exactness to great distance. They are the most accurate marksmen in the world." John Adams, 1775
By: Jefferson County Museum, Old Charles Town Library, Historic Shepherdstown and Museum, WV Army National Guard, 157th Military Police Co.,Martinsburg, WV Researched by Diana Sutterfield
Location. 39° 25.869′ N, 77° 48.346′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on S King Street (County Route 480/2) near W German Street, on the right when traveling south. 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. Civil War Hospital Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Shepherd State Teachers College (within shouting distance of this marker); Shepherdstown (within shouting distance of this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Civil War Hospital Site (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within Pack Horse Ford Chapter, D.A.R. (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Nebo Lodge No. 91 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. more 1775 Bee Line March
Also see . . . The "Bee Line" March, From the History of Shepherdstown by Millard Bushong, 1941. ...In spite of their unprepossessing appearance, the Virginians proved themselves to be among the best marksmen in Washington's camp. Many persons marveled at their ability to hit a mark seven inches in diameter at a distance of 250 yards, even while they were advancing. Other demonstrations of expert shooting were equally sensational. ... (Submitted on September 5, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
1. Virginia Riflemen - Gen. Washington's Home Colony
History of Shepherdstown ; Shepherdstown Information Network
Captain Hugh Stephenson filled the ranks of his company in Shepherdstown and it has been heralded as the first unit of the United States Army.
— Submitted August 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 982 times since then and 86 times this year. Last updated on September 5, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 5, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.