Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The Spirit of 1775
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.
Captain Hugh Stephenson
First William Henshaw
Second George Scott
Third Thomas Hite
Fourth Abraham Shepherd
Ensign William Pyle
First Samuel Finley
Second William Kelly
Third Josiah Flagg
Fourth Henry Bendinger
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
Maj. George Michael Bedinger of Kentucky.
Erected 1932 by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution – Pack Horse Ford Chapter
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 25.577′ N, 77° 48.913′ W. Marker was in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker was on S Duke Street / Kearneysville Pike (West Virginia Route 480), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Spirit of 1775 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery Vault (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Soldiers in Elmwood Cemetery / Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shepherdstown Rally Point (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fountain Rock (approx. half a mile away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
More about this marker. It appears that the marker has been relocated in Elmwood Cemetery.
Also see . . . Pack Horse Ford Chapter. Pack Horse Ford has an important place in the history (Submitted on August 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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