City of Alexandria Est. 1749In the early morning hours of May 24, 1861, the day after a public referendum in Virginia supported secession from the United States, Alexandria was invaded by Union forces crossing the Potomac. Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, the young commander of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves taking part in the invasion was a close confidant and friend of President Abraham Lincoln. Within minutes of arriving in the city, Ellsworth attempted to remove a secessionist flag from the rooftop flagpole of the Marshall House hostelry that once stood at this corner. As he descended the stairs after successfully removing the flag, proprietor James W. Jackson emerged from the shadows and killed Ellsworth with a gunshot to the chest at point blank range. Jackson himself was then immediately shot and bayoneted by Corporal Francis Brownell of Troy, New York, who later received the Medal of Honor for his actions as he accompanied Ellsworth on that fateful day. Thus were the first two deaths from violence, representing each side of the national conflict, during the American Civil War.
|Placed By||City of Alexandria|
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|Date Added||Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 322450 N 4297093|
|Decimal Degrees||38.80473333, -77.04471667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 48.284', W 77° 2.683'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 48' 17.04" N, 77° 2' 40.98" W|
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|Area Code(s)||202, 703, 571|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near , Alexandria VA 22314, US|
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