Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable: Ted Alexander The Burning of Chambersburg
Mr. Ted Alexander is the former chief historian at Antietam Battlefield and is an authority on McCausland’s Raid and the Burning of Chambersburg. He is the author of numerous books and over 200 related articles. Mr. Alexander is the founder of the popular Chambersburg Civil War Seminars.
Early on the morning of June 30, 1864, two Confederate cavalry brigades under the command of Brig. Gen. John McCausland arrived at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Soon, McCausland, acting under orders from Lt. Gen. Jubal Early, demanded $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in greenbacks to pay for three Jefferson County mansions that Federal cavalrymen had burned. When the citizens failed to come up with the money, McCausland ordered his men to burn the town. Not long afterward, over 560 houses and buildings were in ashes.
A family-style meal consisting of fried chicken and pork and beans