Mrs. Henry was born in Manassas, Virginia in 1776 one mile from where she died at the age of 85.
She married Doctor Isaac Henry, a surgeon serving aboard the frigate USS Constellation, and moved to Spring Hill, the Henry family farm, a mile from her birthplace. After Dr. Henry's death she lived in the home with her daughter, Ellen.
On July 21, 1861 the first major battle of the Civil War, First Manassas (Bull Run), It Was A Lovely Day For A Picnic In Manassas, VA began on farmland just west of the town.
Mrs. Henry, now 85, infirm and partially blind was moved to the nearby spring house. During her absence Confederate snipers occupied the home and fired at Union forces.
Since Mrs. Henry was uncomfortable in the spring house she was moved back into her home. A Union artillery battery under the command of Captain James B Ricketts turned their guns on the house to silence the sniper fire. She was seriously wounded and died later that day. Mrs. Henry was buried the next day in front of her severely damaged home
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