Rebel Headquarters in Shippensburg, June 24-27, 1863

Rebel Headquarters in Shippensburg, June 24-27, 1863 (HM29AJ)

Location: Shippensburg, PA 17257 Cumberland County
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N 40° 3.037', W 77° 31.253'

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Shippensburg Civil War Trail

After the Confederate army took possession of Shippensburg on the afternoon of June 24, 1863, General Albert G. Jenkins established his headquarters here on the corner now occupied by the former First National Bank building. General Jenkins then met with a delegation of Shippensburg's leading men that likely included merchant-tailor John Bridges, merchant George H. Stewart, tanner William McLean, and hardware store owner John W. McPherson. Jenkins initially demanded payment of $1,800 to ensure the town's safety. When the local delegation responded that they could not raise that amount, an agreement was reached for the community to provide the Confederate soldiers and animals with food and feed. To fulfill the arrangement, the local women baked pies, cakes, and breads which they then placed here at the Square and which were delivered along with wagonloads of hay to the Confederate encampment at Indian Head (now Dykeman) Spring. No records remain indicating the exact quantity of baked goods and fodder the people of Shippensburg provided to safeguard their town.
Did you know?
The John S. Staley family home that once stood on West King Street near Morris Street was commandeered three times by military forces during the war—twice by Union troops that used the house as an office during the Confederate invasions of

September 1862 and June 1863, and then once by the Confederate army during their June 1863 occupation.
[Photo caption reads] Staley House, c.1936
[Portrait captions, from left to right, read]
· General Albert G. Jenkins
· John McPherson · John Bridges · George Stewart
HM NumberHM29AJ
Placed ByShippensburg- Historical Society, Borough Historical Architectural Review Board, Chamber of Commerce, University, et al
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Date Added Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 284965 N 4436420
Decimal Degrees40.05061667, -77.52088333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 3.037', W 77° 31.253'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 3' 2.22" N, 77° 31' 15.18" W
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Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9 W King St, Shippensburg PA 17257, US
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