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

Historic City Point

 
 
Historic City Point NPS Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
1. Historic City Point NPS Marker
Inscription. “It must once have been a quite pretty place, and consisted of a large number of scattered private houses, several of them very good ones.” Col. Theodore Lyman, USA, June 16, 1864

The village of City Point dates to 1613. Prior to the Civil War, the hamlet boasted 25 houses, five wharves, three taverns, and, most importantly to the Union Army, the railroad. A few of the pre-war structures remain, preserved as part of the City Point Historic District.

Civil War first came to City Point in the spring of 1862, when Union gunboats shelled the hamlet. With the arrival of the union army two years later, City Point underwent a dramatic transformation. Around the village a temporary city grew: more than 280 new structures, acres of wharves, and thousands of soldiers.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 18.951′ N, 77° 16.512′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Pecan Avenue and Prince Henry Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Pecan Avenue. Click for map. This marker is located in the City Point Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Pecan Avenue & Prince Henry Avenue (facing south). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
2. Pecan Avenue & Prince Henry Avenue (facing south).
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. One Soldier, One Family, One War (within shouting distance of this marker); City Pointís Rails And Waterways (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peacemaker (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops (about 400 feet away); Taverns (about 400 feet away); A Busy Port (about 400 feet away); Porter House (about 500 feet away); Quartermaster Repair Shops (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hopewell.
 
More about this marker. Across the panel is a photo of "The Proctor house, across the street from you. Union troops appropriated the Proctor House and other homes like Bonnacord, to your right, for use as offices and quarters."

The inset photo caption reads, "The homes of City Point were soon surrounded by a military city of huts, workshops, and warehouses like those shown below."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Historic City Point Marker on Pecan Avenue (facing east). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
3. Historic City Point Marker on Pecan Avenue (facing east).
Nearby "Bonaccord" circa 1837-1844. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
4. Nearby "Bonaccord" circa 1837-1844.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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