Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
In July and August, Federal authorities retaliated by rounding up nineteen local men, holding them briefly at the Farmers Bank (now the National Bank of Fredericksburg, two blocks to your right), and then sending them to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C. The Federal response was heavy handed, but the arrest of prominent citizens, including Mayor Montgomery Slaughter and Reverend William Broaddus, had the desired effect and an exchange of hostages came about within two months.
The Old Capitol Prison was initially a Washington D.C. boarding house. Located at the corner of First and A Streets, NE, it had served as the nation’s capitol building (hence the name) after British troops sacked the city during the War of 1812. John Quincy Adams was sworn in as the nation’s president there and John C. Calhoun had lived
Erected by City of Fredericksburg.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 18.247′ N, 77° 27.682′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Princess Anne Street and Amelia Street, on the right when traveling south on Princess Anne Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Fredericksburg Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fredericksburg Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Hostages (here, next to this marker); Prisoners of Christ (within shouting distance of this marker); The Booth House (within shouting distance of this marker); Bridgewater Mills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis Randolph Ball (about 400 feet away); Auction Block (about 500 feet away); Second Town Hall / Market House (about 500 feet away); Weedon’s Tavern (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one also named Hostages (see nearby markers).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,128 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on June 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.