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The Marshall House Hotel at the corner of Pitt and King Streets was the site where Colonel Elmer Ellsworth of the New York Fire Zouaves and Alexandria innkeeper and ardent secessionist James Jackson were killed on May 24, 1861.
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The Marshall House Hotel at the corner of Pitt and King Streets was the site where Colonel Elmer Ellsworth of the New York Fire Zouaves and Alexandria innkeeper and ardent secessionist James Jackson were killed on May 24, 1861.

The bloody battle between North and South is a key part of our region's history. The city of Alexandria was occupied by federal troops during the war between the states, and it's remembering that time with "Life in Civil War Alexandria," a kick-off for its commemoration of this year's Civil War Sesquicentennial. Rebecca Sheir visits Old Town to learn more about the geographic, political and social role Alexandria played in the Civil War.

[Music: "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Louis Armstrong from The Five Pennies]

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