Alexandria renamed many streets in 1953, after it annexed part of Fairfax County. The City Council at the time decided to name its north-south streets in the western portion of the city after military leaders from the Confederate States of America, a policy that was repealed in 2014.
Here are the 33 streets that city leaders say are documented as named for Confederates, although two of them are marked “possibly.” Another 30 streets also could be named for Confederate luminaries, but the source of the names is undocumented, the city says.
— Beauregard St. (Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard, designer of the Confederate battle flag.
— Bragg St. (Gen. Braxton Bragg)
— Braxton Pl. (Gen. Braxton Bragg’s first name)
— Breckinridge Pl. (Brig. Gen. John Cabell Breckinridge, previously elected U.S. vice president in 1856)
— Calhoun Ave. (Major J. Lawrence Calhoun)
— Chambliss St. (Gen. John Chambliss)
— Dearing St. (Gen. James Dearing, the last Confederate general to die in battle)
— Donelson St. (Brig. Gen. Daniel Smith Donelson)
— Early St. (Gen. Jubal Early)
— Floyd St. (Brig. Gen. John Buchanan Floyd)
— French St. (Brig. Gen. Samuel Gibbs French)
— Frost St. (Brig. Gen. Daniel M. Frost)
— Gordon St. (Gen. John Brown Gordon)
— Gorgas Pl. (Possibly named for Gen. Josiah Gorgas)
— Hardee Pl. (Gen. William Joseph Hardee)
— Hume Ave. (Frank Hume, Confederate soldier and spy who settled in Alexandria)
— Imboden St. (Gen. John D. Imboden)
— Iverson St. (Gen. Alfred Iverson Jr.)
— Jackson Pl. (James W. Jackson, a Confederate civilian hotel owner who killed Union Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth at the Marshall House and then was killed himself by a Union soldier on May 24, 1861. He is the subject of a disputed historic plaque mounted on the corner of a building at King and Pitt streets).
— Janney’s Lane (Maj. Eli Hamilton Janney, who owned property along the road)
— Jefferson Davis Highway (Confederate president Jefferson Davis)
— Jordan St. (Brig. Gen. Thomas Jordan)
— Jubal Ave. (Gen. Jubal Early)
— Kirkland Pl. (Possibly named for Sgt. Richard Kirkland, the “angel” of the Battle of Fredericksburg who tended to wounded Union soldiers)
— Lee St. (The Lee family of Virginia. First surveyed in 1749 as Water Street, it was changed to Lee Street upon the death of Mrs. Robert E. Lee in 1874)
— Longstreet Lane (Lt. Gen. James Longstreet)
— Maury Lane (Matthew Fontaine Maury, chief of Sea Coast, River and Harbor Defense for the Confederacy. In the 1850s, he attempted to move slaves from the U.S. to South America, thus eradicating slavery in the U.S.)
— Pegram St. (Brig. Gen. John Pegram)
— Reynolds St. (Brig. Gen. Alexander Welch Reynolds or Brig. Gen. Daniel H. Reynolds)
— Quantrell Ave. (Gen. William Clarke Quantrell)
— Rosser St. (Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Rosser)
— Van Dorn St. (Brig. Gen. Earl Van Dorn)
— Wheeler Ave. (Gen. Joseph Wheeler)
Source: This list is primarily taken from an Aug. 28 memo from City Manager Mark Jinks to the City Council.
— Patricia Sullivan