“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mercersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Mercersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
1. Mercersburg Marker
Inscription. Founded c.1750 as “Black’s Town” and called “Smith’s Town” after 1759. Renamed “Mercersburg” in 1786 to honor Hugh Mercer, a Scot, who came to this area c.1749, established a local medical practice and served with distinction as a Colonel of the PA. Militia during the French & Indian War. Befriended by George Washington, Mercer moved to Fredericksburg, Va. in 1761 where he conducted a successful medical practice until the beginning of the American Revolution when he was appointed Colonel of the 3rd Va. Regiment. On Gen. Washington’s recommendation, Mercer was appointed Brig. Gen of the Continental Line, serving at the crossing of the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton, Dec. 26, 1776. He was critically wounded leading his brigade at the Battle of Princeton, Jan.3, 1777 and died on Jan. 12, 1777.

(Inscription below the image in the upper left)
Hugh Mercer 1725-1777. “He lived among these people, attended them in sickness, shared their dangers and led them out against their common foe.”
Erected by The Saunderosa Park Family.
Location. 39° 49.584′ N, 77° 54.216′ W. Marker is in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on South Main Street.

Mercersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
2. Mercersburg Marker
Touch for map. The marker is in front of the Gen. Hugh Mercer Building Mercersburg Borough Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 South Main Street (PA 16), Mercersburg PA 17236, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mercersburg Borough (a few steps from this marker); Zion Union Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Archibald Irwin House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Buchanan (about 500 feet away); Ambush at Mercersburg (about 600 feet away); John Darby, Lot 14, 1786 (about 600 feet away); Col. Murphy's Hotel (about 600 feet away); Citizens Seized (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mercersburg.
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, French and IndianWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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