Winchester’s Marion Rifles forged heroes

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Posted: September 28, 2013

Special to The Winchester Star

Hugh Barr
The surviving members of the Marion Rifles pose for a portrait in 1895, three decades after the end of the Civil War (front row, from left): John C Anderson, C. D. Shiner and George W. Taylor; (middle row) Hugh B. Striker, Robert I. Kurtz, Isaac H. Faulkner, Oscar Barr, George Noakes and Joseph H. Lyder; (top row) J. R. Brown, C. Vance Bell, John R. Jones, William Wood, Peter L. Kurtz and James F. Faulkner.
Col. John Henry Stover Funk, called “Stover” by his friends, graduated from the Winchester Medical College and left for a new job as a doctor. He eventually returned to the company.

June 3, 1859, must have been an exciting day for a group of boys living on Potato Hill just south of downtown Winchester.

For most of them, it was surely the first time any of them had been…



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