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 1988, 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 Rutherford B. Hayes 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 Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Government & Politics • Parks & Recreational Areas • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1865.
Location. 38° 42.816′ N, 77° 47.99′ W. Marker is in Warrenton, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of South Chestnut Street and West Lee Street, on the left when traveling south on South Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 S Chestnut St, Warrenton VA 20186, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Warrenton Cemetery Confederate Dead Monument (about 500 feet away, measured 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); Concrete Bench (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrenton.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker. Notably different is that the marker mentions that John Mosby served under the Hayes administration instead of the Grant administration.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 13, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.