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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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Location of Shepherdstown, West Virginia
    Jefferson County (341)
    Berkeley County (102)
    Washington County, Maryland (834)
    Clarke County, Virginia (73)
    Frederick County, Virginia (179)
    Loudoun County, Virginia (275)
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1West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — B.F. 5 — 118th Pennsylvania Infantry
118th Pennsylvania Infantry. Corn Exchange Regiment. Colonel Charles M. Prevost, Commanding. (September 20, 1862) The 118th Pennsylvania Infantry (737 men) crossed the river by the Ford south of this and was ordered into position on . . . Map (db m1961) HM
2West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — 1862 Antietam CampaignLee Invades Maryland
Fresh from victory at the Second Battle of Manassas, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 4-6, 1862, to bring the Civil War to Northern soil and to recruit sympathetic Marylanders. Union Gen. . . . Map (db m1957) HM
3West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — American Revolutionary War Memorial
In memory of the many patriots from Shepherdstown and vicinity who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for American Independence 1775 - 1783Map (db m157758) WM
4West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Anthony Kerney
1775 - 1781 Revolutionary Soldier Anthony Kerney Map (db m157763) WM
5West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — B.F. 4 — Barnes' Brigade
Barnes’ Brigade Col. James Barnes, 18th Massachusetts Infantry, Commanding Organization 2d Maine, 18th and 22d Massachusetts, 1st Michigan, 13th and 25th New York, 118th Pennsylvania Infantry, 2d Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters . . . Map (db m1960) HM
6West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Battle of Boteler's Ford
On September 20, 1862, following the battle of Antietam, a small Union force under Maj. Charles Lovell engaged Confederates under Gen. A.P. Hill at this Potomac River ford, ending Maryland Campaign of Gen. R.E. Lee. 118th Pennsylvania had heavy . . . Map (db m157753) HM
7West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Battle of ShepherdstownDeadly Crossing — Antietam Campaign 1862 —
After Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's smashing victory over Union Gen. John Pope at the Second Battle of Manassas, Lee decided to invade Maryland to reap the fall harvest, gain Confederate recruits, earn foreign recognition of the . . . Map (db m157752) HM
8West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Belle Vue1773
Built by Col. Joseph Van Swearingen American Revolutionary Soldier Visited by Lafayette, George Washington, Henry Clay and Wm. J. Bryan Home of Henry Shepherd V. Descendant of Shepherdtown's founderMap (db m70863) HM
9West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — B.F. 1 — Boteler’s Ford Tablet B. F. 1
This crossing of the Potomac was known as Boteler’s, Blackford’s or the Shepherdstown Ford. By it five Divisions of the Army of Northern Virginia, coming from Harper's Ferry, crossed into Maryland, September 16 and 17, 1862, and marched to the field . . . Map (db m145153) HM
10West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — B.F. 2 — Boteler’s Ford Tablet B. F. 2(September 19, 1862)
The Army of Northern Virginia, Gen. R. E. Lee Commanding, crossed Blackford’s Ford during the night of September 18, 1862, and on the morning of the 19th took up its line of march in the direction of Williamsport. Lawton’s and Armistead’s Brigades . . . Map (db m1959) HM
11West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — B.F. 3 — Boteler’s Ford Tablet B. F. 3(September 20, 1862)
Early in the morning of September 20, movements were made by General McClellan to ascertain the position of the Army of Northern Virginia. Maj. Charles S. Lovell’s Brigade (1st and 6th, 2d and 10th, the 11th and 17th U. S. Infantry) Sykes’ Division, . . . Map (db m1951) HM
12West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Capt. James Kerney
1775 - 1781 Revolutionary Soldier Capt. James Kerney Map (db m157764) WM
13West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Capt. William Morgan
1775 - 1781 Revolutionary Soldier Capt. William Morgan Map (db m157760) WM
14West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — 2 — Col. Drake
Col. Drake 1st Va. Cavalry KilledMap (db m41709) HM
15West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Confederate Dead
Erected to the memory of our Confederate Dead by the S. S. M. Association of Shepherdstown ——— June 6, 1870Map (db m168732) WM
16West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Confederate Soldiers in Elmwood Cemetery / Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas
Side A Confederate Soldiers in Elmwood Cemetery Over 114 Confederate soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam) September 17, 1862, or later died of wounds in Shepherdstown, were buried here. They were from the . . . Map (db m154058) HM
17West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Daniel Bedinger
In honor of Daniel Bedinger Soldier--American Revolution Map (db m157765) WM
18West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Elizabeth Elliott Tabb
Revolutionary Patriot Elizabeth Elliott Tabb Map (db m157762) HM
19West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Elmwood Cemetery“ . . . and yet the cry was for more room.”
On Wednesday, September 17, 1862, twelve-year-old Mary Bedinger, asleep at her home Poplar Grove outside Shepherdstown, was awakened by the roar of cannons. Confederate and Union forces in position near Sharpsburg, Maryland, just across the Potomac . . . Map (db m41694) HM
20West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Elmwood Cemetery Vault
It is believed this unique brick structure was built shortly after Elmwood Cemetery was established in 1867. Newspaper accounts from 1892 verify that the vault was used for temporary storage of bodies awaiting interment. In 1999, Richard H. . . . Map (db m107679) HM
21West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Entler HotelBuilt 1786
has been entered in the National Register of Historical Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m103675) HM
22West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Fountain Rock"Crows… will have to carry their provender with them" — 1864 Valley Campaign —
The Federal offensive in the Shenandoah Valley begun in May 1864 faltered in the summer with Confederate victories and Gen. Jubal A. Early's Washington Raid in July. Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan took command in August, defeated Early at . . . Map (db m161830) HM
23West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Free SchoolShepherd District — 1848 - 1881 —
Shepherd District Free School 1848-1881Given to the West Virginia board of education for Shepherd College by Upton S. Martin in memory of his father, U.S. Martin (1859-1957), 32nd degree mason, Mayor of Shepherdstown six years, member West . . . Map (db m23845) HM
24West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Historic ShepherdstownWashington Heritage Trail
In 1775, Shepherdstown (formerly known as Mecklenburg) was asked to furnish one company (about 100 men) to assist patriots fighting the British around Boston. In July, the company marched in high spirits down German Street with the entire town . . . Map (db m4851) HM
25West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — In Honor of James Rumsey
Inventor of the Steamboat who in October, A.D. 1783, on the Potomac River near the mouth of Sir John's Run made the first successful application of steam to the practical purpose of navigation and who on December 3rd, 1787, made a further . . . Map (db m1936) HM
26West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — In Memoriam
We pay reverent tribute to those from our midst who gave to their country the last full measure of devotion in World War II. Pfc. Carl Milton Bean • Lt. Vernon D. Black • Lt. Newton B. Davis, Jr. • Lt. Junior Fred Digman • Lt. Ralph . . . Map (db m157756) WM
27West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Jefferson County / Maryland
Jefferson County Formed in 1801 from Berkeley. Named for Thomas Jefferson. Home of Generals Gates, Darke, and Charles Lee. Here four companies of Washington's men organized. Shepherdstown was strongly urged as the seat of the National Capitol. . . . Map (db m167398) HM
28West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Lutheran Graveyard
. . . Map (db m103674) WM
29West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Mary Magdalene Slagle Bedinger
In honor of Mary Magdalene Slagle Bedinger Patriot--American Revolution Map (db m157767) WM
30West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — McMurran Hall
Joseph McMurran Founder and First Principal Shepherd College 1872 - 1883 Map (db m157755) HM
31West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Memorial To Confederate Soldiers
(535 names)Map (db m168731) WM
32West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Moulder HallCivil War Hospital Site
Moulder Hall Was used as a hospital during the Maryland Campaign 1862. Private Property courtesy of S.H.A.F.Map (db m1947) HM
33West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Mt. Nebo Lodge No. 91A.F. & A.M.
Chartered Dec. 11, 1811 by the Grand Lodge of the State of Virginia. Admitted as a member of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia Nov. 13, 1872. Stated-Communications First and third Mondays of each month and on the Festivals of St. John . . . Map (db m89173) HM
34West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Old English / Episcopal Cemetery
This Old English/Episcopal Cemetery contains the graves of these Revolutionary War soldiers: Maj. Henry Bedinger, Anthony Kerney, Lt. Daniel Bedinger, James Kerney Sr., William Morgan Jr., William Lemen, Caleb Levick, Robert Tabb, and the . . . Map (db m157759) HM
35West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Pack Horse Ford
Early settlers crossed the Potomac here. “Stonewall” Jackson and A.P. Hill used this ford on the way to Battle of Antietam. Here Lee’s army crossed after the battle, with the Corn Exchange Regiment, other Federals in pursuit.Map (db m62778) HM
36West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Pack Horse Ford Chapter, D.A.R.
To commemorate their organization February 22, 1916 and preserve the original name of the town and river crossing of colonial daysMap (db m103698) HM
37West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — R.D. Shepherds Town HallCivil War Hospital Site
R.D. Shepherds Town Hall Was used as a hospital during The Maryland Campaign 1862 Map (db m1948) HM
38West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Reformed Church Parsonage
This house was acquired in 1995 by actress Mary Tyler Moore, a descendant of Conrad Shindler, and donated to the Shepherd College Foundation in honor of her father, George Tyler Moore. Between 1869 and 1995, this house served as the Reformed Church . . . Map (db m98159) HM
39West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Reformed Graveyard
Within these walls lie the following Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots: Henry Cookus • John Hoffman Michael Cookus • Nicholas Schell John Haines • Peter Seever Jacob Haynes • Peter Staley Lawrence Hensel • John Martin Walforth . . . Map (db m103672) WM
40West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — River CrossingChesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Shepherdstown was established near a natural ford used by American Indians and early settlers to cross the Potomac River. A ferry service, begun in 1775, reliably connected Shepherdstown with communities throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania for . . . Map (db m154072) HM
41West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Robert Tabb
1775 - 1781 Revolutionary Soldier Robert Tabb Map (db m157761) WM
42West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Shepherd College / Shepherdstown
Shepherd College Incorporated as Shepherd College, 1871. Chartered by act of the Legislature, Feb. 27, 1872, as the Shepherd College State Normal School. Name changed in 1931 to Shepherd State Teachers College and in 1943, to Shepherd College. . . . Map (db m143926) HM
43West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Shepherd State Teachers College
Established in 1872 as a branch of the State normal school system. It was an outgrowth of the old Shepherd College. This is the site of early settlement made by Thomas Shepherd who built a fort here during Indian days.Map (db m1938) HM
44West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Shepherdstown“The Whole Town was a Hospital” — Antietam Campaign 1862 —
In September 1862, after the Maryland Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, Shepherdstown became a scene of indescribable suffering. “The whole town was a hospital,” wrote resident Mary Bedinger Mitchell. “There was scarcely a . . . Map (db m1939) HM
45West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Shepherdstown
James Rumsey, inventor of the steamboat, lived here, 1785 to 1788, and in 1787 demonstrated his boat on the Potomac at this point. Here was born Colonel James Strode Swearingen, who commanded the men who founded the City of Chicago in 1803.Map (db m60704) HM
46West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — ShepherdstownBlending the past and the present....
Shepherdstown, the oldest town in what is now West Virginia was incorporated as Mecklenburg in 1762, but was renamed Shepherd's Town in 1798 in honor of its founder Thomas Shepherd. From the French and Indian War to the Civil War the town has been . . . Map (db m143927) HM
47West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation AssociationSept 19-20, 1862
The members and friends of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association saved this hallowed ground for future generations Founder and First President — Edward E. DunleavyMap (db m157754) HM WM
48West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Shepherdstown Rally Point
Near this site in July 1775, then part of Berkeley County , Va., two companies of riflemen, led by Captains Hugh Stephenson of Berkeley County and Daniel Morgan of Frederick County, Va. rallied prior to their 600-mile journey to join General George . . . Map (db m108818) HM
49West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Spirit of 1775Liberty or Death Don't Tread on Me
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 . . . Map (db m107687) HM
50West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Spirit of 1775Beeline March to Cambridge
On 11 June 1775, the Second Continental Congress authorized the raising of ten companies of riflemen in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to aid General George Washington at the British siege of Boston. The Berkeley County Committee of Safety . . . Map (db m123005) HM
51West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — The James Rumsey Bridge
Named in honor of the inventor, James Rumsey, who made successful demonstrations of his steamboat on the Potomac River here on December 3 and 11, 1787. Opened and dedicated on July 15, 1939.Map (db m2019) HM
52West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — The Puffinbarger House
The Puffinbarger House 201 N. Princess St. has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1878Map (db m143929) HM
53West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — 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 . . . Map (db m108819) HM
54West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church was first established in 1745, and its congregation worshiped in three buildings built on the site one block north on Church Street. In 1854, under the leadership of the Rev. Charles W. Andrews, DD, who served as rector . . . Map (db m107754) HM
55West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — War Memorial
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56West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Waterfront Commerce and the Mecklenburg Warehouse
An inspection of tobacco shall be...established on the lands of the said Abraham Shepherd to be called and known by the name of Mecklenburg warehouse. – Act of the Virginia Assembly, passed November 29, 1788. You are standing . . . Map (db m143930) HM
57West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — Welcome to Historic Shepherdstown
Such an admirable site for mills, tanneries, and other industries, was not to be found every day.... And so they began, with the industry of beavers, to erect their mills, dwellings, forges, tanneries, shops, schools and meeting houses; . . . Map (db m103738) HM
58West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — William Lemen
1775 - 1781 Revolutionary Soldier William Lemen Map (db m157766) WM
59West Virginia (Jefferson County), Shepherdstown — World War I Memorial
In memory of Henry Luckett Clapham • Ira Moser Derr • Thomas Franklin Ewers • John Chrisman Goghenour • Washington Berry Grove • Marshall Earle Martin • Wilmer Birdie Miller • Garnett Otis Nelson • Hubert Monroe Phares • Joseph Rodney Power • . . . Map (db m157757) WM
May. 18, 2021