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

Charles Fenton Mercer

Charles Fenton Mercer Marker image. Click for full size.
March 9, 2007
1. Charles Fenton Mercer Marker
Inscription. Charles Fenton Mercer (1778–1858) is buried near here in Union Cemetery. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he was recalled to service as an aid to Virginia Governor James Barbour of Virginia in the War of 1812 and rose to the rank of brigadier general while commanding militia forces in Norfolk. A prominent attorney in Loudoun and Fauquier counties, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1810–1817) and in the U.S. Congress (1817–1839), where he was among the first congressmen to introduce a bill to abolish slavery. He also advocated universal public education and promoted American commerce.
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number T-24.)
Location. 39° 7.26′ N, 77° 33.725′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of North King Street (Business U.S. 15) and Oakcrest Manor Drive, on the right when traveling south on North King Street. Touch for map. It is just outside King St. entrance to Union Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Entrance to Union Cemetery image. Click for full size.
March 9, 2007
2. Entrance to Union Cemetery
At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee Comes to Leesburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Fighting for Freedom (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of Richard Owings (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ealry Methodism in Leesburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Loudoun County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
Regarding Charles Fenton Mercer. He was also the first president of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Co. from 1828 to 1833.
Also see . . .  Mercer, Charles Fenton (1778–1858). Short biography. (Submitted on March 16, 2007.) 
Additional comments.
1. Charles Fenton Mercer gravesite in Union Cemetery near CFM marker
Charles Fenton Mercer’s gravestone is now nearly impossible to find, if you didn’t previously know where it is. It now lies on the ground, broken in two. The inscription on the gravestone is almost entirely illegible.

Charles Fenton Mercer’s gravesite in Union Cemetery in Leesburg is 11 paces from the asphalt pathway that encircles the chapel, at the bottom of a roughly heart-shaped gravel pathway that
Charles Fenton Mercer gravestone and surroundings. image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, November 2, 2007
3. Charles Fenton Mercer gravestone and surroundings.
branches from the asphalt. The gravel pathway also encircles a good-sized maple tree. The gravestone lies on the ground now. Until a few years ago, it lay on four perpendicular pillars about 2.5 feet high. To the right of the gravestone is a curved row of boxwood. It is between a short obelisk marking the grave of John Carr and the gravestone of Joshua Riticor. Below is the text of the inscription placed on the gravestone by CFM’s nephew, Theodore S. Garnett, according to Garnett’s Biographical Sketch of Hon. Charles Fenton Mercer, published in 1911:

Sacred to the Memory of
Gen. Charles Fenton Mercer.
Born June 16, 1778,
Died May 4, 1858.
Aged 79 years, 10 months and 18 days.
A Patriot, Statesman, Philanthropist and Christian.
After spending his life in the service of mankind, he died at
peace with the world and in the favor of God.
“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.”
Rev. 14. Chap. 13th verse.
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    — Submitted November 3, 2007, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia.

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