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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Dabbs House

Lee’s First Headquarters


—1862 Peninsula Campaign —

New Dabbs House CWT Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, June 11, 2012
1. New Dabbs House CWT Marker
The text has been corrected.
Inscription. In May 1862, Gen. George McClellan’s Union army was poised on the outskirts of Richmond threatening the Confederate capital. Here, in the Dabbs House, Robert E. Lee, as new commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, opened his headquarters on June 1, 1862. Four days later, he had shaped the strategy that would free Richmond from the Army of the Potomac.

Two notable conferences occurred here. The first, on June 11, brought cavalryman Gen. J.E.B. Stuart to plan with Lee the famous ride around the Union Army. That feat, which covered 100 miles in 72 hours, electrified stagnant morale among citizens and soldiers alike and was the first flash in Stuart’s meteoric career.

Almost two weeks later, on June 23, Lee assembled his top subordinates for the first time. Using information gathered from Stuart’s ride, he unveiled his plan to drive the Northern army away from Richmond. This event, often called “The Dabbs House Meeting,” was the first step in the series of battles known as the Seven Days that introduced Lee to the world as a talented general.

Dabbs House

Known as High Meadow prior to the Civil War, the two-story brick structure was the home of Josiah and Mary Dabbs when the war broke out. Upon the death of Josiah in January 1862, Mary moved into Richmond, leaving the
Old Dabbs House CWT Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
2. Old Dabbs House CWT Marker
The marker text ends abruptly.
house unoccupied when Lee made it his headquarters. An extension on the west and two one-and-a-half story wings were added in the early 1900s.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 32.594′ N, 77° 22.986′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Nine Mile Road (State Highway 33) 0.1 miles west of Dabbs House Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located in front of the Dabbs House Museum in the Henrico County Eastern Government Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3812 Nine Mile Road, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dabb House (here, next to this marker); Nine Mile Road (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Burying Ground – For Colored Paupers (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery Confederate Section (approx. one mile away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Richmond Defences (approx. 1.7 miles away); Williamsburg Road (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker.
Dabbs House Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
3. Dabbs House Markers
The portraits of five Confederate commanders are displayed with the caption, Robert E. Lee was new to the Army of Northern Virginia, but he recognized his most able generals from the start. These five men shaped a new course for the war when they gathered at the Dabbs House on June 23 (left to right): A.P. Hill; D.H. Hill; Robert E. Lee; James Longstreet; and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
Also see . . .
1. Henrico County Recreation and Parks. Dabbs House Museum (Submitted on February 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Civil War Traveler. Henrico County (Submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Dabbs House Museum Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
4. Dabbs House Museum
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,069 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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