Confederate States Army Officer. Great grandnephew of George Washington and the last Washington to own "Mount Vernon". In 1840 he graduated from the University of Virginia. Three years later he married Eleanor Love Seldon. He purchased a farm in Fauquier County, Virginia called "Waveland" where he made his home. His wife died in 1860 from childbirth. When Virginia seceded from the Union John volunteered to defend Virginia in the oncoming conflict. He served as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Robert E. Lee in the campaign of western Virginia. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel on this campaign. While reconnoitering in the Cheat Mountains of now West Virginia he was shot by a bushwhacker and killed. In a letter written on September 6th 1861 to his brother-in-law, Dr. W. Fountain Alexander from the "Camp of Valley Mountain" John expresses his concerns of his own survival. "…I don't know when I shall leave this region, or indeed whether I ever shall do so, as of course my chances are the same as those of other men, and I know some of us will never get away…"signed, "Most Affectionately yours, John A. Washington". He died one week later.