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Re-enactors recount Battle of Monterey

February 06, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - The special church service at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday was followed by a luncheon, where residents and tourists socialized with Civil War re-enactors who told tales of the war's local presence.

A Blue Ridge Summit organization hopes that similar events will earn the Battle of Monterey better recognition.

"I think this is a great thing for the mountaintop. We have a rich, rich history," said Gary Muller, chairman of the One Mountain Foundation.

"I hope the awareness can be brought to the schools in the area," said John Shindledecker, one of the re-enactors.

He recounted his great-grandmother's experience with a Confederate captain.

Shindledecker said troops camped in modern-day Quincy, Pa., so men in the area took livestock to South Mountain for safekeeping.

Yet, his great-grandmother kept one cow for milk needed in her duties as a midwife.

Confederate troops took that cow while she was delivering babies one day. She returned home to find her young children in tears resulting from the situation.

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"They said she was a stern lady. She marched across the road there, up the pickets and demanded the cow back," Shindledecker said.

The tale concludes with the captain, a supposed Southern gentleman, ordering the troops to walk the cow back to the midwife's home.

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