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Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Spirit of 1775

Liberty or Death
Don't Tread on Me

 
 
Spirit of 1775 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
1. Spirit of 1775 Marker
Inscription.
Less than half mile eastward is the famous spring around which, from their rendezvous on lands of Morgan and Bedinger, July 17th, 1775 Captain Hugh Stephenson’s Company of Virginia Riflemen, 98 volunteers started on their bee-line march to Boston Town, 600 miles away, reporting to General Washington on August 11th. They all pledged to meet at this spring fifty years hence, if alive.

Officers
Captain          Hugh Stephenson

Lieutenants
First          William Henshaw
Second          George Scott
Third          Thomas Hite
Fourth          Abraham Shepherd
Ensign          William Pyle

Sergeants
First          Samuel Finley
Second          William Kelly
Third          Josiah Flagg
Fourth          Henry Bendinger

Corporals
First          John Crawford
Second          David Miller
Third          Henry Barrett
Fourth          George Michael Bedinger

     Surgeon          Garrett Tunison

Meeting at the spring in 1825, only two of the five survivors were able to keep their pledge:
Maj. Henry Bendinger of Berkeley County
and
Maj. George Michael Bedinger of Kentucky.

Erected by
Pack Horse Form Chapter,
N.S.D.A.R.
July 1932

 
Erected
Spirit of 1775 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
2. Spirit of 1775 Marker
1932 by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution – Pack Horse Ford Chapter.
 
Location. 39° 25.706′ N, 77° 48.761′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Kearneysville Pike (West Virginia Route 480). Touch for map. This marker appears to have been moved from its original location along the Kearnysville Pike to Elmwood Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4849 Kearneysville Pike, Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elmwood Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Soldiers in Elmwood Cemetery / Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas (within shouting distance of this marker); Elmwood Cemetery Vault (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Spirit of 1775 (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reformed Church Parsonage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Hospital Site (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Liberty or Death<br>Don't Tread on Me image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
3. Liberty or Death
Don't Tread on Me
Daughters of the American Revolution image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
4. Daughters of the American Revolution
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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