White-Washed in the Nick of Time: The Union (Sherman House) Hotel
Shippensburg Civil War Trail
On this site in 1863 stood the crown jewel of Shippensburg's business district, the grand three-story Union Hotel that catered to the needs of both local businessmen and travelers. As the Rebel army advanced towards Shippensburg, the hotel's proprietors feared that the name "Union Hotel" displayed prominently across the building's side might draw the invaders' wrath. The day before the Confederates arrived, the owners hired painters to whitewash the hotel's sign. Working all day in blistering heat, the painters managed to cover the old lettering. To complete the job, the hotel was renamed the "Sherman House." The plan succeeded and the building survived the Confederate possession of Shippensburg. After the war, the Sherman House Hotel endured for almost a century, until it burned in 1960.
Did you know?
No one knows why the Union Hotel proprietors chose the name Sherman House, but it certainly was not to honor General William Tecumseh Sherman (left). Fortunately for the owners, General Sherman did not achieve national fame until after the Union Army's 1864 Georgia campaign which included his famous "March Through Georgia."
[Photo caption reads] Sherman House, April 1879
Erected by Shippensburg- Historical Society, Borough Historical Architectural Review Board,
Location. 40° 3.024′ N, 77° 31.248′ W. Marker is in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of King Street (U.S. 11) and Earl Street, on the left when traveling west on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 West King Street, Shippensburg PA 17257, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Occupation of Shippensburg (here, next to this marker); General Samuel Sturgis: Hero of Antietam's Burnside Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Rebel Headquarters in Shippensburg, June 24-27, 1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lifeline of the Valley: The Cumberland Valley Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Residence of George H. Stewart, Sr. (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mc Lean House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shippensburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Galen J. Karper (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shippensburg.
Also see . . .
1. Shippensburg Civil War Trail. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Shippensburg and the Civil War. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.