Mercersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Steiger House at Mercersburg
Ironically, as the rebels moved out of town towards Chambersburg later in the day, they encountered a livestock dealer and seized his horses and wagon and took him hostage. The revels did not know he was George Steiger. That evening, when they allowed him to seek forage for his horses, Steiger managed to escape from his captors by hiding in a cornfield. Traveling by a circuitous route to avoid recapture, Steiger returned to Bridgeside around 1 a.m. to find a large group of neighbors gathered to console his wife and children. All were amazed when a tired and wet George Steiger walked in the back door.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 49.853′ N, 77° 54.262′ W. Marker is in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mercersburg PA 17236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stuart's Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); William Findlay (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named William Findlay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); President Buchanan’s Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lane House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buchanan House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Citizens Seized (approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. Murphy's Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mercersburg.
More about this marker. The marker displays A daguerreotype photograph of George C. and Katherine Steiger and their two children, John and Adam (far right), courtesy of Thomas B. Steiger, Jr. A photo shows The Steiger House or “Bridgeside,” courtesy of Thomas B. Steiger, Jr.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,345 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.