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 Posted: Wed Nov 12th, 2008 01:25 am
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Calcav, thank you for mentioning Chambersburg, PA. That is where I went to grade school and middle school. My dad was born there. I remember, many, many years ago when Chambersburg had its sesquicentennial celebration a reenactment of the burning of Chambersburg was held...on a very small scale.  

Anyway, for years I had thought that the Rebels burned Chambersburg on the way to the Battle of Gettysburg, but when I started studying the Civil War seriously, I learned General McCausland burned Chambersburg in 1864 on orders from Jubal Early in retaliation for General Hunter's Yankee predations in the Shenandoah Valley.

I'm not certain if any civilians were killed in the blazing inferno, but it had to be very frightening to lose one's home and everything one owned in such a fire. 

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