Warrenton in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Home of the “Gray Ghost”
— Mosby's Confederacy —
Other Points of Interest:
1. The Warren Green Hotel (rebuilt after a fire in 1876) where Gen. George B. McClellan bade farewell to his troops on Nov. 16, 1862, when he was relieved of his command.
2. The “California Building,” built by William “Extra Billy” Smith, twice governor of Virginia and a general in the Civil War, from profits made in the California Gold Rush. Mosby practiced law here after the war.
3. 118 Culpeper St., the home of Capt. John Quincy Marr of the Warrenton Rifles Co., the first Confederate officer killed in the war. He died on June 1, 1861, at Fairfax Court House and is buried in the Warrenton Cemetery.
5. 67 Waterloo St., the home of Gen. Eppa Hunton, who was captured at Sailor’s Creek and imprisoned at Fort Warren. Following the war he served as a U.S. Congressman and Senator.
6. The Presbyterian Church at 4th and Main Streets shows the outline of bricks used to repair an opening cut to accommodate wagons when Federal troops used the ground floor as a stable and the upstairs sanctuary as a hospital.
7. 173 Main St. was Mosby’s home following the war.
8. The railroad depot, now a rails-to-trails park, was a hub of activity during the war and the site of an attempt on Mosby’s life following the war when he fell into disfavor for befriending Ulysses S. Grant.
9. The Warrenton-Fauquier County Visitors Center, open seven days a week, year-round, has Civil War Trails maps and additional historic material.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1863.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby.Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Warrenton VA 20188, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. John Singleton Mosby (here, next to this marker); Lafayette’s Stepping Stone (here, next to this marker); Concrete Bench (a few steps from this marker); "In Honor and Remembrance" (a few steps from this marker); Old Fauquier County Jail (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Warrenton (a few steps from this marker); Executions in the Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrenton.
More about this marker. The marker has a photo, courtesy of Fort Ward Museum, showing wartime Warrenton, with the caption, “This photo was taken in August 1862, near where you are now standing. The Court House in the photo was destroyed by fire in 1889 and replaced with the current structure, a nearly identical replica. The brick building on the left (15 Main St.) and several other buildings still stand." The marker also features a small picture of Col. Mosby.
This marker was replaced by a new one also named "Warrenton" (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. The Mosby House at 173 Main Street. (Submitted on June 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Warren-Green Hotel. Pictures of the Warren-Green Hotel and California Building are related to this (Submitted on June 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Captain John Quincy Marr. Captain Marr's death is detailed on a marker in Fairfax County. (Submitted on June 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Mosby's Confederacy
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,754 times since then and 163 times this year. Last updated on February 26, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.