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

Lincoln In Petersburg

Last Meeting

 
 
Lincoln in Petersburg CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 16, 2011
1. Lincoln in Petersburg CWT Marker
Inscription. After Union forces secured Petersburg on April 3, 1865, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant established his headquarters here at the Thomas Wallace House. He sent word to President Abraham Lincoln at City Point that Petersburg had fallen and invited Lincoln to meet him here. Lincoln and his son Tad rode the U.S. Military Railroad to Hancock Station, where his son Capt. Robert T. Lincoln, a member of Grantís staff, met him and escorted him through Union and Confederate lines. After pausing at Confederate Fort Mahone, they arrived here about 11 A.M. to find Grant seated on the front porch. Lincoln dismounted and walked rapidly through the gate, “his face beaming with delight,” to shake Grantís hand and offer congratulations.

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
Last Meeting Marker at the Thomas Wallace House image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 16, 2011
2. Last Meeting Marker at the Thomas Wallace House
the rest of his party remounted and toured Petersburg. They picked up as souvenirs some bundles of tobacco they found scattered about the streets before returning to City Point, where Lincoln learned that Richmond had been surrendered.

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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.
Last meeting place of Lincoln & Grant image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 16, 2011
3. Last meeting place of Lincoln & Grant
The circular porch was likely a later addition.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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
 
Abraham Lincoln, Pres't U.S. image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, February 5, 1865
4. Abraham Lincoln, Pres't U.S.
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-19215]
Gnl Grant from life image. Click for full size.
By Alden Finney Brooks, circa 1865
5. Gnl Grant from life
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-22328]
View north on Market Street with Thomas Wallace House on corner at left image. Click for full size.
1865
6. View north on Market Street with Thomas Wallace House on corner at left
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-00474]
Sketch of the entrenched lines in the immediate front of Petersburg image. Click for full size.
By Nathaniel Michler, circa 1865
7. Sketch of the entrenched lines in the immediate front of Petersburg
Library of Congress [G3884.P4S5 1865 .M5 CW 609]
Thomas Wallace House, Petersburg image. Click for full size.
National Register of Historic Places
8. Thomas Wallace House, Petersburg
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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