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In Virginia, Captain John Quincy Marr becomes the first Confederate officer to die in the Civil War.

John Quincy Marr, detail
06/01/1861
Captain John Quincy Marr of the Warrenton Riflemen was killed by small arms fire during the cavalry reconnaisance of Second Lieutenant Charles H. Tompkins and his troop of regular U.S. dragoons scouting Fairfax Court House in Virginia.  Marr was a 1846 V.M.I graduate who had later became sheriff of Fauquier County and then sat as a delegate at the Virginia Secession Convention.  The only death in the small but sharp encounter, he became the first commissioned Confederate officer to die in the conflict. He was thirty-five years old. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Charles D. Walker, Memorial, Virginia Military Institute: Biographical Sketches of the Graduates and Élèves who fell during the War Between the States (Philadelphia, PA: J.D. Lippincott and Co., 1875), 362-365.
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America ... (Philadelphia, A. Winch, 1867), 5.
"The Last Roll," Confederate Veteran, Volume 7 (October 1899), No. 10: p. 446.

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