Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Old Town Fairfax
This was the home of Antonia Ford, imprisoned as a spy following Ranger Mosby's night capture of the local Union commander, Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Stoughton, March 9, 1863. A search of the house had revealed an honorary aide-de-camp commission to Antonia from Gen. Jeb Stuart.
Location. 38° 50.805′ N, 77° 18.378′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is on Chain Bridge Road (Virginia Route 123), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3977 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. Efe Quality House (within shouting distance of this marker); Moore House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ralston's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Nickell's Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax Hay & Grain Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Monument to John Q. Marr (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfax Court House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fairfax County Courthouse (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
Also see . . .
1. Antonia Ford Willard. (Submitted on March 18, 2008.)
2. "General Stuart's New Aid." A cartoon from the April 4, 1863 edition of Harper's Weekly. (Submitted on February 13, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
3. Antonia Ford. Encyclopedia of Virgina. (Submitted on June 7, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
1. A Civil War Romance
Lafayette Baker had Antonia Ford arrested for espionage and thrown into the Old Capital Prison twice. Major Joseph C. Willard, co-founder with his brother Henry of the Willard Hotel in DC, and aide to Union General Irwin McDowell transferred to the Capital Prison, worked to free Antonia, and administered the oath of allegiance to her on her second release. He resigned his commission, divorced his wife, Caroline and married Antonia in 1864.
— Submitted June 7, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil •
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