"Uncle" Jack Rowe
(1824 - ?)


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Fairfax Court House, Negro who Found Capt. Marr's body

This photograph was taken by J. Harry Shannon, "The Rambler" in 1909 when Rowe was 85.
Photo courtesy of Connie Pendleton Stuntz and Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz from their
book, "This Was Virginia 1900 - 1927 As Shown by the Glass Negative of
J. Harry Shannon, The Rambler,"
1998 Hallmark Publishing

The following is the text of a newspaper article which included this same photograph:

Everybody hereabouts who is anybody knows old "Uncle" Jack Rowe, whose picture adorns this article. Indeed, Uncle Jack is not only known, by everybody, but is known to fame as well; for he enjoys the unique distinction of having found the body of Capt. John Q. Marr, the first man killed in the Civil War in actual battle. When Lieutenant (now Brigadier General, retired) Tompkins in command of some United States dragoons, made his celebrated dash into this town a little before dawn of day, June 1st, 1861, a lively fight ensued, and when the morning sunbeams dispelled the darkness, revealing an excited populace and more or less demoralized troops, it was found that John Q. Marr, captain of the Warrenton Rifles, was missing. It was not long before "Uncle" Jack discovered his dead body lying in some tall grass just back of where the M.E. Church, South, now stands. That gallant gentleman had been killed while bringing his company to the scene of conflict. "Uncle" Jack, it will be observed, is posed in a restful and graceful attitude. It must not be inferred, however, that he is constitutionally tired, for he has not a lazy bone in his body; He is a worthy old man, of the old school of colored people now so rapidly disappearing from view, and, before the war, belonged to Mr. Thomas Moore, father of Hon. R. Walton Moore. He is in the 85th year of his age, and enjoys the respect and esteem of all who know him.

Alexandria Gazette June 25, 1909, p.3, c.3

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