“An 1812 Hurrah for Old Shepherdstown” from “Shepherdstown in the Olden Time,” The Register, February 12, 1850.
In…the War of 1812 with Great Britain, Shepherdstown sent nearly three complete companies to the field. Captain Samuel Lane recruited nearly a full company and Lieut. Wager a good part of another. Capt. Henry Van Swearingen raised a company of Riflemen. At the Battle of Plattsburg it was the Shepherdstown men that especially repulsed the British attack. They were commanded by Lieut. Bennett Riley, now the Governor of California. At the capture of Fort George, on the Niagara River in Upper Canada, Michael Durnhoeffer, a Shepherdstown man, leapt upon the wall of the Fort amidst a shower of balls, and taking off his hat, cried out at the top of voice “Hurrah for old Shepherdstown.” But besides the above companies, the town and vicinity furnished enlistments under Captains Post, Strother, Henshaw, Swearingen and Cowan. When news arrived that the British were coming up the Patuxent, Mr. Jas. S. Lane who heard of it in Williamsport, hurried back to Shepherdstown, and though arriving late in the evening, raised a company before midnight. They behaved well at Baltimore.