“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Dr. William Gunnell House

Dr. William Gunnell House Marker image. Click for full size.
March 15, 2008
1. Dr. William Gunnell House Marker
Built c.1835
Old Town Fairfax

It was in this house that Ranger John Mosby captured the Union area commander Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Stoughton, in bed, the night of March 9, 1863.
Location. 38° 50.87′ N, 77° 18.514′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Main Street. Touch for map. Private residence. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10520 Main Street, Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mosby (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. Corcoran (about 400 feet away); Old Fairfax Jail (about 600 feet away); Moore House (about 600 feet away); Efe Quality House (about 700 feet away); Ford Building (about 800 feet away); Monument to John Q. Marr (about 800 feet away); Fairfax Court House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
Also see . . .
1. March 9, 1863: The Fairfax Courthouse Raid. (Submitted on March 15, 2008.)
2. Mosby’s Sneak Attack. Part of the New York Times' Disunion Series, Rick Beards' article (3/8/2013)details Mosby's raid and capture of Gen. Edwin Stoughton. On the press coverage of Stoughton's capture: "Northern newspapers
Dr. William Gunnell House image. Click for full size.
March 15, 2008
2. Dr. William Gunnell House
had a field day at Stoughton’s expense. “A Union Brigadier General and Several Officers Gobbled Up,” blared one Washington paper’s headline. His capture was “utterly disgraceful,” claimed The New York Times, while The Baltimore American labeled him the “luckless sleeper at Fairfax” who was “Caught Napping.” Even President Lincoln weighed in, allowing that he “didn’t mind the loss of the Brigadier as much as the horses, for I can make a much better General in five minutes, but the horses cost one hundred and twenty-five dollars apiece.”
(Submitted on March 11, 2013.) 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
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