James W. Jackson (circa 1823–1861)

James W. Jackson, the proprietor of the Marshall House, had earned the reputation in northern Virginia as being a firebrand secessionist. Querulous by nature, Jackson was a respected pugilist and seemed destined to become the town's first civilian casualty. He stood six feet in height and was lithe and muscular.“His face was remarkable in its expression,” observed an acquaintance.“Grim, stern, obstinate determination was stamped emphatically on every feature.”

Ames Williams Collection
Alexandria Library


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