First Shot Gettysburg

The First Shot at Gettysburg

153 Years ago today the first shot was fired starting The Battle of Gettysburg. The First Shot is a poem, written by Christopher Rudolph, that focuses on Lieutenant Marcellus Jones of 8th Illinois Cavalry of Company E. He fired the first shot of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863. In 1886 a memorial was placed at the location where Jones fired the first shot of the battle. Jones was there as the memorial was established. This monument remains on the north side of  US Route 30 (Chambersburg Pike or Cashtown Road) at the intersection of Knoxlyn Road.

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