Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The first soldier of the South to shed his blood for the Confederacy.
Erected 1927 by Fairfax Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, May 27.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 38° 51.856′ N, 77° 16.777′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is on Fairfax Boulevard (Lee Highway) (U.S. 50/29) west of Spring Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9700 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax VA 22031, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blenheim House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dairy Barn Complex (approx. 0.9 miles away); Historic Blenheim (approx. one mile away); Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm) (approx. one mile away); Historic Cemeteries (approx. 1.4 miles away); Burke’s Station Raid (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fairfax (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic Fairfax Elementary School (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
More about this marker.
Lee Highway was known as the Falls Church Road back then. The Confederates were in possession of Fairfax Court House and Peyton Anderson and William Lillard of the 6th Virginia Cavalry were stationed here, about two miles from the town, on lookout for Union soldiers.
Regarding Peyton Anderson. “In the early morning of May 27th, 1861, I, as a boy of fourteen years of age was passing the spot where the Flint Hill and Falls Church roads intersect. At this time there were two Confederate pickets stationed there; one lying in the pine woods nearby and the other on his horse on duty, each dressed in civilian clothes with a feather in their hats.
“I had not gone far down the road before I was met by a squad of cavalry which I counted as boys are wont to do, finding twenty-four men and one Officer.
“They were dressed and equipped so finely that I was sure that they were Union soldiers. I was soon to realize this truth, for as they approached the
“It was but a moment until a shot rang out followed by a puff of smoke and as I hurried homeward to tell my friends what I had seen I was again passed by the troop of cavalry, who this time had a prisoner. I have since learned that the bullet found its mark in the person of Peyton Anderson, the one in whose honor this Memorial is today being dedicated, and it gives me a great pleasure to be able to recall the picture of such an historical event, and to contribute to the success of this occasion.”
—From a letter signed by James W. Robey dated May 27, 1927, (the day the marker was dedicated) on file in the Fairfax Research Room of the Fairfax City Public Library.
Payton Anderson was shot in the arm and later recovered. His fellow picket William Lillard was captured.
“In the Amissville neighborhood lived the Anderson family. Peyton Anderson was the first to shed blood for the Confederate cause. A monument to the memory of him was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy at Fairfax Court House. Honorable Walton Moore, standing beside the widow and grandchild at the unveiling, made the address.
“Peyton Anderson married Louemma, daughter of Jesse Miller of ‘Poplar Shade’. At this time Mrs. Anderson
—From the “Amissville” chapter in My Rappahannock (VA) Storybook by Mary Elizabeth Hite, published in 1950.
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Categories. • War, US Civil •
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