The Marshall House was a very prominent hotel in Old Town Alexandria leading up to the Civil War.
The Marshall House was a hotel that stood on the corner of King Street and South Pitt Street in Alexandria, Virginia. At the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861, it was the site of the killing of Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth during the Union army takeover of Alexandria. Ellsworth was a popular and highly prominent officer and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. He was the first conspicuous casualty and the first officer killed in battle in the war, and his death became a cause célèbre for the Union. He was shot by the hotel proprietor James W. Jackson after removing a Confederate flag from the roof of the hotel, and Jackson was then killed immediately after he killed Ellsworth.
(Marshall House image via Library of Congress)