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Mercersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Citizens Seized

 
 
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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 49.705′ N, 77° 54.238′ W. Marker is in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection
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By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2012
2. Citizens Seized Marker
of Main Street and Seminary Street, on the left when traveling north on 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. Lane House (a few steps from this marker); Buchanan House (a few steps from this marker); President Buchanan’s 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mercersburg.
 
Marker in Mercersburg image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2012
3. Marker in Mercersburg
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,553 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on May 31, 2008. Photos:   1. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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