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The American Civil War

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

1864, July 30

The Burning of Chambersburg

Chambersburg was the only northern town torched by the Confederate Army.

In retaliation for Major General David Hunter's burning of Virginia Military Institute, and for failure of the residents of the town to pay a ransom, Confederate General John McCausland ordered his men to burn the town of Chambersburg, PA on July 30, 1864.

John Brown secretly lived here in 1859 while amassing guns and ammunition. Later in the year, he led the raid at Harpers Ferry.


The Burning of Chambersburg
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This page was created 16 July 2004 & was updated on 29 June 2012 at 1:09 pm

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