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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Grave of Our Dear Mother, Judith Henry

 
 
Judith Henry's Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2006
1. Judith Henry's Grave Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
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. Touch for map. Gravesite can be reached on foot from the Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Visitors Center. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
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); a different
Small Cemetery In Front of the Henry House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2006
2. Small Cemetery In Front of the Henry House
marker also named Invaded Farmland (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Honoring the Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Honoring the Dead (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); 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); 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,
Henry House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2006
3. Henry House
The graveyard is out of frame to the left. The Henry Hill Monument (see Honoring the Dead marker) can be seen on the right.
had died five years earlier.
 
Also see . . .  Some Events Connected with the Life of Judith Carter Henry. (Submitted on October 10, 2006.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable EventsWar, US Civil
 
The Grave of Our Dear Mother, Judith Henry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Furr, July 21, 2011
4. The Grave of Our Dear Mother, Judith Henry Marker
Marker and grave site are located behind The Henry House honoring the men who served there.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,475 times since then and 61 times this year. Last updated on October 13, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on July 26, 2011, by Roger Furr of Alexis, Nc, Usa.
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