“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Quantico in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

In the Beginning

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By Kevin W., August 17, 2016
1. In the Beginning Marker
Inscription. 1500s
Northern part of Quantico inhabited by Manahoac Branch Algonquin Indians.

Captain John Smith of Jamestown explored the Quantico area and found the Potomac River watershed teeming with fish, crabs, oysters, bald eagles and ospreys. Smith successfully traded with local Indians, but after his departure, relations deteriorated and many settlers died from famine and disease.
Pocahontas, Daughter of Chief Powhatan, married English tobacco planter, John Rolfe, on April 5, 1614, in Jamestown, Virginia. The marriage ensured peace for several years between the Jamestown settlers and the Powhatan Indians.

The United States Marine Corps began, by order of the Continental Congress, with the founding of the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775 to conduct ship-to-shop fighting, provide shipboard security, enforce discipline and assist in landing forces. Military presence was first established at Quantico during the Revolutionary War, when the Quantico Creek village became a naval base.

Area first visited by Marines after ice in the Potomac grounded their ship and forced them to disembark. They marched through Dumfries, where a young Captain Archibald Henderson hired a wagon to help them on
In the Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 17, 2016
2. In the Beginning Marker
their way to Washington. Henderson became the 5th and longest serving Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1820-1859.

Union and Confederate troops engaged in the Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), one of the earliest conflicts in the U.S. Civil War, just 25 miles west of Quantico.

The Battle of Spotsylvania, fought May 8-21, was the last major Civil War battle fought in the Quantico area.

Colonel Commandant Charles Heywood established The School of Application at the Marine Barracks, Washington, DC. The School of Application opened July 1, 1891, with Capt D. Pratt Mannix at its helm with recent Naval Academy students.

Class hastily graduated because of the impending war with Spain; school closed until Nov. 1900.
Location. 38° 29.821′ N, 77° 26.143′ W. Marker is in Quantico, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Gilbert Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Quantico VA 22134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Growth of Training (within shouting distance of this marker); A Period of Firsts (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Established Front (about 400 feet away); Raider Hall (about 600 feet away); Austin Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ray Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gonzalez Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Groom Leftwich, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quantico.
Categories. Military
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2017, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 176 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 31, 2017, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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