Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Navy Yard
At the outbreak of the war in 1861, the Confederate Navy assumed the daunting task of constructing, arming and manning a squadron of vessels to defend the capital city. The requirements of war quickly converted this commercial site into one of the busiest and most prolific navy yards in all the Confederacy.
During the spring of 1862, the increased demand for vessels required the opening of a second navy yard directly across the river. By 1865 the combined output of both yards included three ironclad warships and a fourth nearly finished. Four torpedo vessels and an unarmed ship also were built there.
Postwar view of Rocketts Landing, named for an 18th-century ferry operator.
The CSS Richmond, one of the vessels finished at Rocketts during the war. The Richmond, the Virginia II, the Fredericksburg and other support vessels comprised the James River Squadron that was headquartered at Rocketts and assigned to defend the Confederate capital. On April
On April 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and a small entourage came ashore at Rocketts Landing to begin their tour of the smoldering remains of the Confederate capital. After addressing a crowd of black citizens gathered near the river, the president headed from here to Main Street and downtown Richmond, eventually reaching the Union army commander's headquarters in the former White House of the Confederacy.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 31.228′ N, 77° 25.003′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Wharf Street west of East Main Street (Virginia Route 5), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3101 Wharf Street, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Army Enters Richmond (about 500 feet away, measured People-Technology-Commerce-Warfare (about 700 feet away); Crossing the Atlantic (about 700 feet away); Mechanics of Slavery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Despair of Slavery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Navy Yard of the Confederate States (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Rocketts Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chimborazo Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 124 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on January 3, 2016.