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Near Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wilcox’s Landing

Crossing the James

 

—Lee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign —

 
Willcox’s Landing CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
1. Willcox’s Landing CWT Marker
Inscription. With the Federal armies stalled at Cold Harbor, Gen. U.S. Grant made the fateful decision to move on Petersburg. The march began under cover of darkness on the evening of June 12, 1864, and covered some 20 miles before reaching the James River crossings. From June 14 to 17 – here at Wilcox’s landing and three miles downstream at Weyanoke Point – the Army of the Potomac along with artillery and several thousand supply wagons moved south of the James. It was one of the few times a Union commander had managed to outmaneuver Confederate commander Gen. Robert E. Lee. The crossing supported a simultaneous advance and attack on Petersburg, one that nearly ended the war.

Dr. Wilcox’s House, Tuesday, June 14: “Our tents are pitched on the south side of the house under a number of fine old locust trees. We have a fine grass field in our front, and a view of the James River in the distance. Dr. Wilcox’s house stands about half a mile back from the river, and a couple of hundred yards from the road. For Virginia it is a good house, and in quite decent order outside and around. I have not been in it myself though they say that the doctor’s daughter, a married woman, is very agreeable.” – Col. Charles Wainwright, Commander U.S. V Corps Artillery
 
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Grant's movement from Cold Harbor to Petersburg. image. Click for full size.
2. Grant's movement from Cold Harbor to Petersburg.
Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 19.035′ N, 77° 5.878′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is on Wilcox Wharf Road 0.2 miles south of Dalmation Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located in the parking lot of Lawrence Lewis Jr Park on the north bank of the James River. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Captain John Smith’s Trail on the James (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Captain John Smith’s Trail on the James (approx. 0.2 miles away); Swineyards - Willcox Wharf (approx. 1.1 miles away); Grant's Crossing (approx. 1.1 miles away); Greenway (approx. 1.8 miles away); Eye Witness to a Revolution (approx. 2.2 miles away); Shifting Ground (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles City.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photo of "Willcox’s Landing The only known photograph of the wharf area taken during the crossing. Beginning
Willcox’s Landing Marker on the James River. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
3. Willcox’s Landing Marker on the James River.
June14, Hancock’s II, Warren’s V and part of Wright’s VI Corps boarded vessels and were transported across the river to Windmill Point."

In the center is a map detailing Grant's march on Lee with the caption "Grant’s movement across the James River caught Lee unaware. While the Federal army marched toward Petersburg, Lee’s Confederate forces kept guard against a possible advance toward Richmond."

On the lower right is a photo with the caption, "Engineering Marvel The bridge at Weyanoke Point measured 2,100 feet and contained 101 wooden pontoon boats. Engineers and construction crews began work from opposite shores the evening of June 14 and completed their task in less than eight hours. For three days a steady parade of infantry, artillery and wagons worked its way across the river. End-to-end, the Federal supply train stretched an incredible 35 miles."
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Traveler. Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Overland Campaign Tour (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Windmill Point at Flowerdew Hundred is visible on the opposite bank of the James River. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
4. Windmill Point at Flowerdew Hundred is visible on the opposite bank of the James River.
Wilcox’s Landing Marker PDF. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
5. Wilcox’s Landing Marker PDF.
Apparently the correct spelling is Wilcox, not Willcox.
 
 
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