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Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops

Four Centuries: City Point, Virginia 1613 A.D.

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2020
1. Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops Marker
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"To a civilian, a camp is always a sad-looking sight — men living on the ground like animals, in the mud, under the rain which penetrates the tents, surrounded by the thick and acrid smoke of burning wood. Army camps are wild and primitive villages... Yet, the inhabitants of these camps are writing history today." – Auguste Laugel, a Frenchman visiting Grant at City Point

Though tents and huts were normal accommodations at City Point, Brevet Major W.P. Martin, a commissary officer, and his family were fortunate to find shelter in the residence of Captain Samuel Nelson Cook. The Cook House was appropriated by Union forces during the occupation of City Point 1864-65. The property was returned to Captain Cook August 1865, remaining in the Cook family until sold to Dr. Edward Ashlin Wilson in 1943.

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Civilian visitors lodged in the well-appointed Maltby House, a hotel which stood near the present site of the James House (1016 Maplewood) shown above in an early photograph.

The Cook House, 600 Prince Henry Avenue (on the left), was built 1857-58 by Captain
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Samuel Nelson Cook, Mariner, on land acquired from Dr. Richard Eppes of Appomattox Plantation. Mr. Joseph Cook, son of Captain Cook, made additions to the house in 1890. He also built the two story Cook annex, immediately behind his house for the daughter in 1913. St. John's Rectory, 602 Prince Henry Avenue (on the right), was built in 1848 as a home for the Episcopal minister. Its most likely use was as headquarters for the Commissary Department.

The area behind the interior defense line was dotted with regimental encampments as were sections of land west of Cedar Lane. Tents and huts can be seen in almost every picture taken at City Point during the Civil War.

 
Erected 2013 by City of Hopewell, Commonwealth of Virginia.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1865.
 
Location. 37° 18.896′ N, 77° 16.464′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is on Prince Henry Avenue just north of Maplewood Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1103 Maplewood Ave, Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Taverns (here, next to this marker); Women At City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); One Soldier, One Family, One War (about 300 feet away, measured
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in a direct line); City Point's Wiseman Family (about 400 feet away); Historic City Point (about 400 feet away); Quartermaster Repair Shops (about 500 feet away); Dr. Peter Eppes House (about 500 feet away); City Point's Rails And Waterways (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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