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

Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops

 
 
Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops CWT Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
1. Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops CWT Marker
Inscription. “To a civilian, a camp is always a sad-looking sight – men living on the ground like animals, in the mud, under the rain which penetrates the tents, surrounded by thick and acrid smoke of burning wood. Army camps are wild and primitive villages...Yet, the inhabitants of these camps are writing history today.” - Auguste Laugel, a Frenchman visiting Grant at City Point

Though tents and huts were the normal accommodations at City Point, Brevet Major W.P. Martin, a commissary officer, and his family were fortunate to find shelter in the residence of Captain Samuel Nelson Cook. The Cook House was appropriated by Union forces during the occupation of City Point 1864-65. The property was returned to Captain Cook August 1865, remaining in the Cook family until sold to Dr. Edward Ashlin Wilson in 1943.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 18.897′ N, 77° 16.466′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Prince Henry Avenue and Maplewood Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Prince Henry Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
2. Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Taverns (here, next to this marker); Women At City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); One Soldier, One Family, One War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Pointís Wiseman Family (about 400 feet away); Historic City Point (about 400 feet away); Dr. Peter Eppes House (about 500 feet away); Quartermaster Repair Shops (about 500 feet away); City Pointís Rails And Waterways (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hopewell.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photo of the Maltby House with the caption, "Civilian visitors lodged in the well-appointed Maltby House, a hotel which stood near the present site of the James House (1016 Maplewood) shown above in an early photograph."

On the lower left is a photo of a typical encampment with the caption, "The area behind the interior defense line was dotted with regimental encampments as were sections of land west of Cedar Lane. Tents and huts can be seen in almost every picture taken at City Point during the Civil War."

On the upper right is a photo of the Cook House. The caption reads, "The Cook House, 600 Prince Henry Avenue (on the left), was built 1857-58 by Captain Samuel Nelson Cook, Mariner, on land acquired from Dr. Richard Eppes of Appomattox Plantation.
Nearby Cook House. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
3. Nearby Cook House.
Mr. Joseph Cook, son of Captain Cook, made additions to the house in 1890. He also built the two story Cook annex immediately behind his house for a daughter in 1913. St. John's Rectory, 602 Prince Henry Avenue (on the right), was built in 1848 as a home for the Episcopal minister. Its most likely use was as headquarters for the Commissary Department."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,318 times since then and 58 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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