Enon in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Abraham Lincoln at Point of Rocks
The Bermuda Hundred Campaign
On March 27, 1865, Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and sons Robert and Tad, visited Point of Rocks.
Dr. Moses Greeley Parker escorted the President on a tour of the hospital buildings. He described the visit in a letter:
”The President looked over the hospital buildings without going into them. He seemed anxious and careworn. He was very kind and genial in his manner, and was carelessly dressed, wearing a tall hat. He said but little, was very thoughtful and evidently wanted to be alone; for he soon left us, walking to the Point of Rocks and sat down under what was called the “Pocahontas Oak ” There he sat looking toward our line of breastworks. Sometimes he placed his elbow on his knee and rested his head wearily on his hand. Obviously he was thinking of something we knew not of. He had, in fact visited General Grant and probably knew what was about to take place.”
This bluff is where Lincoln is believed to have looked toward Petersburg as he contemplated the final days of the war.
“The Pocahontas Oak”
At the time of the Civil War, local legend held that a large oak tree on the left side of this bluff was the site where Pocahontas saved the life of Captain John Smith. The tree is mentioned in several diaries from the Civil War. One describes a sign placed by an officer asking that the “axeman please spare this oak.” According to a later description, the tree was cut down, leaving only a stump.
One Federal ofﬁcer lamented the felling of trees here at Point of Rocks, “Oh, when I think what labor I have been at, on the little place I have at home, to plant, only for my grandchildren, such trees as you cut down without reason!”
This photograph of the Appomattox River was taken from this bluff near the end of the war. In the background is the signal tower at Cobb’s Hill.
This sign was sponsored by Sandra Brown, Peabody, MA
Erected 2016 by Chesterfield County and the Blue & Gray
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 27, 1865.
Location. 37° 19.02′ N, 77° 20.242′ W. Marker is in Enon, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Enon Church Road (Virginia Route 746) and Point of Rocks Road, on the left when traveling west. The marker is located in Historic Point of Rocks Park (under development). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1005 Enon Church Rd, Chester VA 23836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Broadway Landing (a few steps from this marker); Appomattox River Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); African-Americans in the Confederate War Effort (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Colored Troops in the Army of the James (about 400 feet away); Point of Rocks Hospital Ward (about 400 feet away); The Siege of Petersburg Begins (about 500 feet away); The First Attacks on Petersburg (about 700 feet away); The Appomattox River Raid, June 26-28, 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Enon.
Also see . . . Bermuda Hundred Sign Campaign. Blue & Gray Education Society (Submitted on October 30, 2017.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.