ⓘ Marshall House (Alexandria, Virginia)
The Marshall House was an inn that stood at 480 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. At the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861, the house was the site of the killing of Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth during the Union Armys takeover of Alexandria. Ellsworth was a popular and highly prominent officer and a close friend of President Abraham Lincoln.
Ellsworth was the first conspicuous victim of the Union army and the first officer killed in battle during the war. He was shot Century tavern owner James Jackson after removing a Confederate flag on the roof of the hotel. Jackson was killed immediately after he killed Ellsworth. Ellsworths death became a cause celebre for the Union, while Jacksons Death was the same for the Confederacy.