Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Grave of Our Dear Mother, Judith Henry
Killed near this spot by the explosion of shells in her dwelling during the Battle of the 21st of July, 1861. When killed she was in her 85th year and confined to her bed by the infirmities of age. Her husband Dr. Isaac Henry was a Surgeon in the United States Navy on board the frigate Constellation, Commanded by Com. Truxton, one of the six Captains appointed by Washington in the organization of the Navy, 1794.
Our Mother through her long life, thirty five years of which were spent at this place, was greatly loved and esteemed for her kind, gentle and Christian spirit.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Events • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 21, 1861.
Location. 38° 48.892′ N, 77° 31.381′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) 0.4 miles south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Gravesite can be reached on foot from the Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Visitors Center. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Cameron (here, next to this marker); Invaded Farmland (a few steps from this marker); Wade Hampton (a few steps from this marker); Honoring the Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); The Marines of '61 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Ramsey (within shouting distance of this marker); 7th Georgia Markers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named 7th Georgia Markers (about 400 feet away); The Fight for Ricketts' Guns (about 500 feet away); Artillery Duel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
Regarding The Grave of Our Dear Mother, Judith Henry. Mrs. Judith Carter Henry, owner of the Henry House when the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run) started, was the first civilian casualty of the Civil War. Bedridden and infirm, she refused to be moved from her house when the battle began. She was killed when Captain James Rickett's guns were turned on the house in an attempt to stop Confederate sharpshooters located in the house.
Her husband, Dr. Isaac Henry, had died five years earlier.
Also see . . . Ruins of Mrs. Judith Henry’s House
On July 21, 1861, however, she literally found herself in the middle of the American Civil War when Henry House Hill became contested ground in the first Battle of Bull Run.(Submitted on July 17, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,787 times since then and 113 times this year. Last updated on October 13, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. It was the Marker of the Week July 18, 2021. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on July 26, 2011, by Roger Furr of Alexis, Nc, Usa.