1st Shot Marker

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1st Shot Marker

Size - 2.25” x 2.25” x 5”

Cast in a colored granite resin to closely match the original

The First Shot for the Battle of Gettysburg Marker is on Chambersburg Pike (US 30) at Knoxlyn Road, three miles west of Gettysburg. The monument is on the north side of U.S. 30 next to a private residence.

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.



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    Great Monument Replica

    Posted by Larry S. Weatherford on Aug 23rd 2018

    As a student of the First Day Cavalry action at Gettysburg, this is the latest in my collection. It is great! Each picture or replica that Gary makes from first day Cavalry, I order. I was honored to get number one of the 8th Illinois Cavalry replica.