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

Quartermaster Repair Shops

 
 
Quartermaster Repair Shops CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
1. Quartermaster Repair Shops CWT Marker
Inscription. The Quartermaster Department was responsible for the transportation of the Army, storage and transportation of supplies, clothing, camp and garrison equipage, horses, forage, fuel, maintenance of buildings and repair of equipment.

Captain Edward J. Strang was in charge of the repair shops, located nearby, which employed more than 1,600 blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters, saddlers, teamsters, laborers and clerks. These men were responsible for the maintenance and repair of army equipment. Quarters were built next to the repair shops to house Strang’s employees.

Captain Strang’s wharf was located below the intersection of Pecan Avenue and Water Street on the James River. The wharf extended along 190 feet of the waterfront and covered 26,344 sq. ft. A one story frame store house was constructed on the wharf.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 18.96′ N, 77° 16.408′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is on Water Street south of Pecan Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located in the Old City Point Waterfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Quartermaster Repair Shops CWT Marker (facing west across Water Streeet). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
2. Quartermaster Repair Shops CWT Marker (facing west across Water Streeet).
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Hurricane Isabel (within shouting distance of this marker); City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Indians near City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Taverns (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops (about 500 feet away); Historic City Point (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hopewell.
 
More about this marker. On the top of the panel is a period photo of the "Workshop, Quartermaster Department, west side, January, 1865."

On the lower center and right are images of sutlers and other commercial enterprises at City Point. The caption reads, "City Point had more than its share of sutlers’ outlets catering to the needs of civilians and soldiers alike. Sutlers were basically small businessmen who obtained lucrative contracts from the army to sell food, clothing, writing materials, and other goods to the soldiers. City Point not only had the traditional sutlers but restaurants, eating houses, and even a hotel. On the southwest corner of Water Street and Pecan Avenue stood several eating establishments. Fresh oysters were
Old City Point Waterfront Park on Water Street. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
3. Old City Point Waterfront Park on Water Street.
Site of one half mile of wharves and route of U.S. Military Railroad.
a particular attraction. Army-built steps led up to more buildings and tents belonging to sutlers. The building to the left of the stairs was the post office."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 872 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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