Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Joshua Gunnell House
Old Town Fairfax
The first skirmish of the Civil War occurred on Main Street June 1, 1861. Ex-Governor, "Extra Billy" Smith, a civilian, ran from this house to take charge of the Warrenton Rifles. Their commanding officer, Capt. John Quincy Marr, had been killed, the first Confederate officer killed during the Civil War in a military engagement between opposing forces.
Location. 38° 50.731′ N, 77° 18.405′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Chain Bridge Road (Virginia Route 123) and Sager Avenue on Chain Bridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4023 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairfax Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tribute to The Men of Fairfax County (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fairfax Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Monument to John Q. Marr (within shouting distance of this marker); Ralston's Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nickell's Hardware (about 300 feet away); Fairfax Hay & Grain Store (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
Regarding Joshua Gunnell House. Union Col. Johnstone was billeted here during Ranger Mosby's March 9, 1863 raid. However, Johnstone escaped capture by hiding beneath the outhouse, wearing only his nightshirt.
Also see . . . The Joshua Gunnell House. About the Inn from La Rue 123 (Submitted on March 15, 2008.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil •
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