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Near Fairfax in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Monument to John Q. Marr

 
 
Marr Monument Inscription image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 14, 2006
1. Marr Monument Inscription
Inscription.  This stone marks the scene of the opening conflict of the war of 1861–1865, when John Q. Marr, Captain of the Warrenton Rifles, who was the first soldier killed in action, fell 800 ft. S. 46 W. Mag. of this spot, June 1st, 1861.
 
Erected 1904 by Marr Camp, CW.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 50.771′ N, 77° 18.412′ W. Marker is near Fairfax, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Virginia Route 236) and Chain Bridge Road (Virginia Route 123), on the left when traveling west on Main Street. It is in front of the old Fairfax County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4010 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within
The Marr Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 14, 2006
2. The Marr Monument
walking distance of this marker. Fairfax Court House (a few steps from this marker); Fairfax County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); A Tribute to The Men of Fairfax County (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fairfax Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Ralston's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua Gunnell House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of the old Fairfax County Courthouse, which is legally an exclave of Fairfax County, completely surrounded by the (independent) City of Fairfax.
 
Also see . . .
1. Skirmish at Fairfax Court House, June 1, 1861. (Submitted on October 15, 2006.)
2. John Quincy Marr. Wikipedia (Submitted on June 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Monument and the Old Fairfax County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 14, 2006
3. Monument and the Old Fairfax County Courthouse
12 Pounder Boat Howitzer image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2014
4. 12 Pounder Boat Howitzer
beside the John Quincy Marr Monument
John Q. Marr image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. John Q. Marr
12 Pounder Boat Howitzer image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2014
6. 12 Pounder Boat Howitzer
One of two north facing Naval cannons
12 pounder Boat Howitzer, 1856, J.A.D. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2014
7. 12 pounder Boat Howitzer, 1856, J.A.D.
Missing Cannonballs image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2014
8. Missing Cannonballs
"The cannon balls were removed for safety reasons after even welding them together didn't deter local students from rolling them down Main Street late at night." -- Stephen Wolfsberger
First Confederate Officer Killed<br>B 262 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2014
9. First Confederate Officer Killed
B 262
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.
Virginia Historical marker in front of the Massey Building at 4100 Chain Bridge Road marking the place where John Quincy Marr fell.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 5,693 times since then and 406 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   9. submitted on June 29, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Sep. 28, 2020