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First Confederate Officer Killed

 
 
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August 8, 2009
1. First Confederate Officer Killed Marker
Inscription.  In the early morning hours of 1 June 1861, a detachment of Co. B, Second Cavalry, entered the Town of Fairfax Court House and engaged the Warrenton Rifles in the first land conflict of organized military units in the Civil War. The skirmish resulted in the death of Capt. John Quincy Marr, who was struck by a stray bullet, the first Confederate officer killed in the Civil War. Marr's body was found at daybreak near this location.
 
Erected 2009 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B-262.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 1, 1861.
 
Location. 38° 50.687′ N, 77° 18.54′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is located near the flag array in front of the Massey Building on the property of the Fairfax County Judicial Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Legato School (about 500 feet away,
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August 8, 2009
2. First Confederate Officer Killed Marker
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measured in a direct line); Fairfax Court House (about 600 feet away); Old Fairfax Jail (about 700 feet away); Joshua Gunnell House (about 700 feet away); A Tribute to The Men of Fairfax County (about 700 feet away); Fairfax County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Fairfax Court House (about 800 feet away); Gen. Corcoran (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
 
Also see . . .
1. Skirmish at Fairfax Court House, June 1, 1861. (Submitted on August 8, 2009.)
2. John Quincy Marr. From Find A Grave.com (Submitted on August 8, 2009.) 
 
Grave of Captain John Quincy Marr image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 16, 2016
3. Grave of Captain John Quincy Marr
Located in the Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, Virginia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2009. This page has been viewed 2,723 times since then and 188 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2009.   3. submitted on February 13, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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