Dolly Harris Memorial Dedication Set For November 2

Dolly Harris Memorial Dedication Set For November 2

A special memorial dedication at Cedar Grove Cemetery for Civil War heroine Frances “Dolly” Harris Lesher is set for Saturday, November 2, the 174th anniversary of her birth. The ceremony will begin at 1 PM at the cemetery located at 130 North Franklin Street. The public is invited to attend the dedication.

During the Invasion of PA in June 1863 that initiated the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate soldiers marched through Greencastle on Carlisle Street, past Dolly’s home at 37 North Carlisle Street.  Col. William Roane (A-let) Aylett, of Pickett’s division and great-grandson of patriot Patrick Henry, said, “Why the bravest woman I ever saw was a Pennsylvania “girl” who defied Pickett’s “WHOLE” division as we marched through the little town called Greencastle.  She had a United States flag as an apron which she defiantly waved up and down as our columns passed by her and dared us to take it from her.”  She called them traitors and scoundrels. Under the circumstances of an affidavit, Private John T. Boyd Sr., CO K, 57th Regiment VA Vol.  said, under oath, quote “as to her wearing a badge I remember she wore one and think it was a Lincoln badge. As Gen. Armistead passed by, she waved the stars and stripes at him and he saluted her.”

Dolly is the only woman from Franklin County who is considered to be a Civil War heroine and was the only woman buried with military honors upon her death in February 1906. For no known reason, a headstone was never erected on Dolly’s resting place in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA. The generosity of Dr. Paul Orange funded the cost of the obelisk headstone to be placed on her gravesite.

Descendants of Frances “Dolly” Harris and her husband John Lesher, from VA, TN, FL, and MO, will be in attendance at the November 2 dedication.

 

Famous Women of Franklin County

Famous Women of Franklin County

From the Revolutionary era to the 20th century, women of Franklin County contributed to a young America, helped shape a strong foundation of Franklin County, and contributed to the well-being of community. Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chambersburg for Famous Women of Franklin County, 1 PM to 3 PM. The event showcases women of Franklin County with a display, videos, and panel discussion. Panel participants include Bonnie Shockey of Allison-Antrim Museum, Joan McCulloh of Mercersburg Historical Society, Amy Ensley, Director of Hankey Center at Wilson College and Maxine Beck on behalf of Renfrew Museum.

Learn about Margaret Cochran Corbin and her heroism during the Revolutionary War, First Lady Harriet Lane, Dolly Harris and her feat of patriotism as Confederate soldiers marched through Greencastle, and the financial support of Sarah Wilson to give generations of women access to higher education. Fast forward to the 20th century and discover the stories of women like Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes, Emma Nicodemus, Margaret Disert, and Lois Martin.  These women are solid examples of conviction, hard work, patriotism, dedication to family, and a strong belief in giving and growing community.

Women often consider the right to vote as a significant step forward for the gender. Yet, year after year, women continue to make important advances by working toward outcomes they valued.  Famous Women of Franklin County will highlight some of these women and their stories. Participants—male and female— are invited to share their thoughts about pivotal issues that impact, support, and shape women and their community efforts.

The event is free and open to the public and is one in an series with a lens on history, civics, community and culture.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Plan a visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in downtown Chambersburg.