Stuart's Headquarters

Stuart's Headquarters (HMC5W)

Location: Mercersburg, PA 17236 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.846', W 77° 54.263'

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On Oct. 10, 1862, 1800 picked Confederate cavalry commanded by Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Brig. Gen. Wade Hampton with four cannon under Maj. John Pelham occupied Mercersburg on their way to destroy the railroad bridge at Chambersburg used to supply McClellan's army of the Potomac. While his troops seized horses and supplies, Stuart established his HQ here on the side porch of "Bridgeside", home of George C. Steiger, a livestock dealer on business in nearby Markes.

As Stuart's forces left town, they met Steiger on his way home and seized his wagon and horses. Because he protested, they made him their prisoner to join the ten other men they had arrested earlier in Mercersburg. Some hours later Steiger escaped and returned to "Bridgeside" late that night.
HM NumberHMC5W
Placed ByGeorge Nalley and Lannie Gordon
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 251452 N 4413011
Decimal Degrees39.83076667, -77.90438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.846', W 77° 54.263'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 50.76" N, 77° 54' 15.78" 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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