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Old 01-03-2009, 08:29 PM   #102
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The Bower





Marker is located on Leetown Road, Jefferson County WV at the intersection of Leetown Rd and Paynes Ford Road.



General Adam Stephen is credited with founding the community of Martinsburg, WV, where he later moved. On a lessor known note, General Stephen was "cashiered" [sword broken, court martialed] for a friendly fire incident where his men fired upon General Anthony Wayne's troops. Seems General Stephen was drunk at the time of the advance. Against orders, he also instigated an attack on "Cliveden", the home of Benjamin Chew. These incidents happened during the Battle of Germantown, Germantown, PA.



Following the Confederate retreat from Antietam, General Jeb Stuart and his staff made camp at The Bower, which at the time was the home of Stephen Dandridge. A horse bred at The Bower was given as a gift to General Lee to use when his primary mount, "Traveler," needed a rest. That horse was the well known "Lucy Long."
The Bower remains in the Dandridge family.
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