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Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Porter House

 
 
Porter House CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
1. Porter House CWT Marker
Inscription. “Iíve noticed that that band always begins its noise just about the time I am sitting down to dinner and want to talk.” – General U.S. Grant, City Point, Virginia

Earthworks had been thrown across the neck of land upon which City Point is located. This intrenched line ran from a point on the James River to a point on the Appomattox River. A small garrison had been detailed for its defense, and the commanding officer wishing to do something that would afford the general-in-chief (General Grant) special delight, arranged to send the band over to headquarters camp to play for him while he was dining. The garrison commander was in blissful ignorance of the fact that to the general the appreciation of music was a lacking sense and the musicianís score a sealed book. About the third evening after the band had begun its performances, the general while sitting at the mess-table remarked, “Iíve noticed that that band always begins its noise just about the time I am sitting down to dinner and want to talk.” I offered to go and make an effort to suppress it. On my return the general said: “I fear that the band-masterís feelings have been hurt, but I didnít want him to be wasting his time upon a person who has no ear for music.” A staff-officer remarked: “Well, general, you were at
Porter House on Brown Avenue (facing north). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
2. Porter House on Brown Avenue (facing north).
least much more considerate than Commodore_________, whoÖheard music on the deck, and saidÖ”Have the instruments and men of that band thrown overboard at once!” – Quoted from Campaigning with Grant by General Horace Porter.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 18.896′ N, 77° 16.586′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is on Brown Avenue south of Pecan Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Point, Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Peter Eppes House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Appomattox Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peacemaker (within shouting distance of this marker); General Grant's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); a different
Marker at the Porter House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2007
3. Marker at the Porter House
marker also named City Point (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Pointís Rails And Waterways (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hopewell.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of the Porter House with the caption, "The Porter House was probably built before 1811. Thought to be one of the oldest surviving structures in City Point, the two-story Federal style building was once owned by Miss Mary Van Duesen, who later married Mr. Richard Eppes of Appomattox Plantation. Since an 1864 photograph shows soldiers of the Fourth Infantry Band posing in front of the house, it can be inferred that they occupied the dwelling."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 883 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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