Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Birthplace of the Confederate Battle Flag
Erected 2007 by Department of Historical Resources. (Marker Number B-261.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 51.005′ N, 77° 19.036′ W. Marker was in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker was at the intersection of Main Street (Virginia Route 236) and Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Ratcliffe Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arlington-Fairfax Electric Railway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Manassas Gap Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Fairfax High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mosby (approx. half a mile away); Dr. William Gunnell House (approx. half a mile away); Old Baptismal Area (approx. half a mile away); Gen. Corcoran (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
More about this marker. This "Birthplace of the Confederate Battle Flag" marker and the nearby "Richard Ratcliffe’s Mount Vineyard Plantation" marker are both missing entirely, post and all, due to construction by Pulte Homes. Pulte has demolished the apartment buildings that were in the background of these markers, and most of the trees in the area, for construction of their "Mount Vineyard" development of condos and townhouses. They do have plans to place one new marker at the southeastern corner of the property that will face Main Street, but the agent at the site did not seem to know what that new marker would say.
Also see . . .
1. Flags of the Confederate States of America. Detailed discussion of the flags of the Confederacy. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. The Birth of the ‘Stainless Banner’. Part of the New York Times' Disunion series, John M. Coski's article (5/14/2013)on the adoption of the Confederate national and battle flags notes. In reflecting on the flag debate then and the debate now, he draws an interesting conclusion: "... Consider the modern history of the Georgia state flag. In 2004, after decades of debate, Georgians ratified a new state flag that was clearly modeled after the Confederate Stars and Bars. The most vocal protest came (and still comes) from Confederate heritage activists, who steadfastly (Submitted on May 14, 2013.)
1. Marker Spotted (Sep/24/18)
This marker was indeed missing for at least year - whenever the new mount vineyard condos were built on the corner of rt. 236 & Oak St.
Battle Flag Marker was spotted again in September of 2018 about 100 yards east of old location.
— Submitted September 24, 2018, by Michael Lyons of Centreville, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 13,707 times since then and 668 times this year. Last updated on February 22, 2017, by Matt Marrazzo of Fairfax, Va, Usa. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 18, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.