Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
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. 39° 25.577′ N, 77° 48.913′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on S Duke Street / Kearneysville Pike (West Virginia Route 480), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is 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 marker. Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Soldiers in Elmwood Cemetery / Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fountain Rock (approx. half a mile away); Reformed Church Parsonage (approx. half a mile away); Free School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Hospital Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pack Horse Ford Chapter, D.A.R. (approx. 0.6 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
Also see . . . Pack Horse Ford Chapter. Pack Horse Ford has an important place in the history of the Virginias, since its situation determined the site of Shepherdstown and opened the way to the settlement of the Shenandoah Valley. By this route, the famous company of patriots, organized at Morgan's Spring, made (Submitted on August 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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