Falls Church, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Living in Fear
Mosby's Falls Church Raid
Mosby's men killed Frank Brooks, an African American member of the highly unusual interracial Falls Church Home Guard, after he sounded the alarm. The horsemen then stopped at the home of John Read (300 W. Broad Street), the abolitionist lay minister of Columbia Baptist Church, and captured Read and African American Jacob Jackson. Read had warned his wife, Charlotte Read, telling her "Wife, I think they are coming, We can hear horses' hooves, but I do not know who they are." The two men were taken near the vicinity of Hunter's Mill near Vienna. Read was killed; Jackson survived a gunshot wound but lost an ear. The next day Mosby sent a note to Charlotte Read assuring the safety of their daughter and sister-in-law as they went to recover Read's body. Mosby's men claimed that Read was a Union spy. Charlotte Read believed her husband was targeted for other reasons. In 1871, she wrote the "rebels around there had a great antipathy to him, [because he served in the Union Home Guard] and because he taught Sabbath school to
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 53.2′ N, 77° 10.62′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is on West Broad Street (Virginia Route 7), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 West Broad Street, Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hangman's Tree (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Training School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cherry Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Falls Church Home Front (approx. 0.2 miles away); Train Wrecks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Big Chimneys (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Story of Big Chimneys (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henderson House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • War, US Civil •
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