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CORNERSTONE FARM HISTORY




During the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, what is now Cornerstone Farm was a property owned by Isaac M. Bucher. His farm was located along a quiet country lane (now called Crooked Creek Road) that connected the Cashtown-Chambersburg Pike and Mummasburg Road. It was an area of peaceful Mennonite farms and a small sawmill, along the Marsh Creek.

Historical records indicate that Confederate troops were present on this land from June 19th through July 10th, 1863. Troops from the leading Hospital Corps of Confederate General William Dorsey Pender were also present on the property from July 1st to approximately July 10th, 1863.


Christian Shank, Bishop of the Mummasburg Mennonite Church, was Bucher's closest neighbor. Shank's home and barn were commandeered by the Confederates for use as a hospital. Records of the Department of the Auditor General, Board of Claims 1862-1890, quote Isaac M.Bucher as asking to be reimbursed for “two horses and cattle taken by the dirty Rebs, July 1-3, from my fields”. There are similar recorded claims from all of Bucher’s neighbors; Daniel Shank, John Shank, E.W Stahle, Andrew Heintzelman Sign of the Seven Stars Tavern and others.




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