Steiger House at Mercersburg

Steiger House at Mercersburg (HMC5V)

Location: Mercersburg, PA 17236 Franklin County
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N 39° 49.853', W 77° 54.262'

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Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart, during the first Chambersburg Raid (October 1862), stopped in Mercersburg at Bridgeside, the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Steiger. He intended to use the house as his headquarters while his troops rounded up supplies and civilian hostages from the town. However, Mrs. Steiger informed Stuart that her husband was away on business and that her children had measles. She suggested it might not be safe to enter her home. Stuart complied and settled for having lunch on a side porch.

Ironically, as the rebels moved out of town towards Chambersburg later in the day, they encountered a livestock dealer and seized his horses and wagon and took him hostage. The revels did not know he was George Steiger. That evening, when they allowed him to seek forage for his horses, Steiger managed to escape from his captors by hiding in a cornfield. Traveling by a circuitous route to avoid recapture, Steiger returned to Bridgeside around 1 a.m. to find a large group of neighbors gathered to console his wife and children. All were amazed when a tired and wet George Steiger walked in the back door.
HM NumberHMC5V
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByPennsylvania Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 12:35am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 251454 N 4413024
Decimal Degrees39.83088333, -77.90436667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.853', W 77° 54.262'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 51.18" N, 77° 54' 15.72" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 122 N Main St, Mercersburg PA 17236, US
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