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First Shot Marker

First Shot Marker paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 06/11/2019
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The First Shot for the Battle of Gettysburg Marker is on Chambersburg Pike (US 30) at Knoxlyn Road, three miles west of Gettysburg.

1498 Chambersburg Rd
Gettysburg , PA 17325
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 39.851000
Lon: -77.280900

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Demographic Rank: 4
History: 1
Stories: 0
Claims: 2
Evidence: 0
Resources: 1
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There are several claims as to which Union soldier fired the first shot at the Battle of Gettysburg. Three men from the 8th Illinois Cavalry felt their claim was strong enough to erect their own monument.

Lieutenant (later Captain) Marcellus Jones' Company E of the 8th Illinois Cavalry Regiment was picketing the Chambersburg Pike at this location on the morning of July 1 when he saw a strong force of Confederate infantry begin to cross Marsh Creek about a half mile to the west. Jones borrowed a carbine from Sergeant Levi S. Shafer and fired a single shot at a mounted officer, who might have been Colonel Birkett Fry of the 13th Alabama Infantry Regiment. Jones apparently missed.

In 1886, Jones, Shafer and Riddler had the five-foot limestone shaft hewn in a Naperville quarry and brought it the 600 miles to Gettysburg, erecting it on land purchased from the owner of the house which still stands behind it.

Jones' first shot claim ignited a controversy that raged for years, primarily with the 9th New York Cavalry.

Added by: sdonley on 08/06/2019 DB#:521


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3145 08/06/2019 sdonley Phantom gunfire is sometimes heard in this area.
3146 08/06/2019 sdonley Apparitions of soldiers are sometimes seen walking through the woods.

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First Shot Marker
Added: 08/06/2019 By: sdonley
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