Warrenton in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Notable Confederate Resting Place
The gate to your right opens to Warrenton Cemetery, the final resting place of 986 Confederate soldiers, of every Southern state, about 650 casualties of the Civil War. Many wounded Confederates were evacuated to Warrenton and vicinity after the First and Second Battles of Manassas, and 585 died and are buried here. Their identities were lost when Union soldiers burned the wooden grave markers for firewood in the winter of 1863. Their remains were reburied here in 1877. The memorial wall was constructed in 1998, listing 520 names recovered in 1996 from medical records in the National Archives.
The most famous Confederate officer buried here, Col. John Singleton Mosby—the Gray Ghost—gained fame during the war as a scout, spy, and partisan ranger leader. After the war, he practiced law locally, and President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him U.S. Consul to Hong Kong.
Capt. John Quincy Marr, the first Confederate officer killed in the war, who died in an engagement at Fairfax Court House on June 1, 1861, is buried here. Two of Fauquier County’s four Confederate generals are also interred here: William
Other notables include Samuel Chilton, defense counsel at abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 treason trial; John Tyler Waller, President John Tyler’s grandson, killed in March 1865 fighting the 8th Illinois Cavalry; and Pendleton Ball, enslaved teamster and physician’s servant, who applied for a Confederate pension.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #10 John Tyler, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1865.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 42.821′ N, 77° 47.988′ W. Marker was in Warrenton, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker was at the intersection of West Lee Street and South Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling west on West Lee Street. Marker is at the main entrance to Warrenton Cemetery at the end of Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Warrenton VA 20186, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Warrenton Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Warrenton Cemetery Confederate Dead Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Warrenton Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Executions in the Yard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Fauquier County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); "In Honor and Remembrance" (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Singleton Mosby (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lafayette’s Stepping Stone (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrenton.
More about this marker. Marker has four portraits and a photograph of the 1921 Confederate Monument in the cemetery. Captain John Q. Marr is at lower left; Colonel John S. Mosby’s, General William F. Payne’s and General Lunsford L. Lomax’s portraits along with the Confederate monument are center to center right.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,373 times since then and 104 times this year. Last updated on May 2, 2018, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 8, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 25, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.