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Near Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Grant's Crossing

 
 
Grant's Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
1. Grant's Crossing Marker
Inscription. In mid-June 1864, Grant abandoned his works at Cold Harbor and marched to Petersburg, a vital rail center. A mile south of here, at Wilcox Wharf (now Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park), steamboats ferried the troops and wagons of two corps across the James River on 14-15 June. Three miles downstream, at Weyanoke Point, Union engineers built a 700-yard-long pontoon bridge in seven hours on 14 June. For three days parts of two corps, as well as supply, ammunition, and ambulance wagons, crossed the bridge in a column 50 miles long. Engineers then dismantled the bridge. Grant's attack on the Confederate lines at Petersburg failed, and the armies settled into a ten-month siege.
 
Erected 1993 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V 9.)
 
Location. 37° 19.919′ N, 77° 6.448′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is at the intersection of John Tyler Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 5) and Wilcox Wharf Road (Virginia Route 618), on the right when traveling east on John Tyler Memorial Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swineyards - Willcox Wharf (here,
Grant's Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
2. Grant's Crossing Marker
Shown with Swineyards - Willcox Wharf marker.
next to this marker); Captain John Smith’s Trail on the James (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Captain John Smith’s Trail on the James (approx. one mile away); Wilcox’s Landing (approx. 1.1 miles away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (approx. 1.1 miles away); Greenway (approx. 1.5 miles away); Eye Witness to a Revolution (approx. 2 miles away); Shifting Ground (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles City.
 
Also see . . .  Crossing of the James. The Army Quartermaster Corps offers this discussion of the logistical aspects of the crossing. (Submitted on July 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Sterographic Photo of a Pontoon Bridge over the James image. Click for full size.
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3. Sterographic Photo of a Pontoon Bridge over the James
Taken some time after the crossing, the pontoon bridge is seen here with a section opened for ship navigation.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,323 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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