Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Location. 38° 48.195′ N, 77° 2.593′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Touch for map. Marker is on Prince Street between S. Fairfax and S. Royal Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 Prince Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Green & Brother Furniture (within shouting distance of this marker); Residence of General William Brown, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Elisha Cullen Dick (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fairfax House (about 400 feet away); The Bank of Potomac Building (about 400 feet away); Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary (about 400 feet away); Home of Dr. James Craik (about 500 feet away); Col. John Fitzgerald (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
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Regarding Gazette House. According to the website of St. Paul's Episcopal Church (http://www.stpaulsalexandria.com/about-st-pauls/our-history.html), "[o]n Feb. 9, 1862, the Rev. K.J. Stewart was arrested by Union officers after failing to offer a prayer for the President during the height of the Civil War. A melee occurred in the sanctuary as the congregation attempted to defend its minister. On that same day, a warning was issued to 'females and others,' threatening arrest for offensive remarks and demonstrations—prompted, no doubt, by the actions of several St. Paul's ladies, including one who is said to have dropped her Prayer Book down from the gallery onto the head of an offending officer."
As noted in Occupied City: Portrait of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia by Jeremy J. Harvey, on Feb. 10, 1862, The Local News , published by Alexandria Gazette editor Edgar Snowden, printed an editorial condemning the 8th Illinois Cavalry for its role in Rev. Stewart's arrest. That night, the Gazette offices caught fire under mysterious circumstances. The fire destroyed the press and two neighboring buildings. (The marker directly attributes the fire to Union troops.) In response to the disorder surrounding the "Battle of St. Paul's
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