Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lincoln In Petersburg
Lincoln and Grant smoked cigars on the porch, discussed the events of the past week, and hoped to hear soon of the capture of Richmond. Lincoln reiterated his intention to pursue a lenient policy toward the South and outlined his plans for reconstruction. Thomas Wallace, the homeís owner and an old Whig acquaintance of Lincoln, invited Lincoln and Grant inside. When they declined because of the cigar smoke, Wallace brought Lincoln a high-backed wooden chair, and the president sat on it at the edge of the porch with his long legs dangling. After an hour and a half, with no word of Richmondís fate, Lincoln and
In March 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant invited President Abraham Lincoln to visit him at City Point for a respite from the capital as the 9 1/2-month-tong siege of Petersburg neared its end. Lincoln joined him on March 24. They held meetings, reviewed the army, and toured for fortifications. On April 3, the day the Federals occupied Richmond and Petersburg, Lincoln and Grant held their last meeting in Petersburg. Lincoln visited Richmond the next day. He returned to Washington on April 9 as Grant accepted the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Leeís army at Appomattox Court House.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 13.449′ N, 77° 24.345′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South Market Street and Brown Street, on the left when traveling south on South Market Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 South Market Street, Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Bishop Payne Divinity School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Carolina Confederate Hospital (about 700 feet away); Peabody High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKenney House (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKenney Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weddell-McCabe-Chisholm House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Noted Homes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
Also see . . . Thomas Wallace House (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on October 17, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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