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Near Roxbury in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Long Bridge

Crossing the Chickahominy

 

— Lee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign —

 
Long Bridge CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 7, 2009
1. Long Bridge CWT Marker
Inscription.  In a well-coordinated movement, Grant’s army crept away from the grim experience at Cold Harbor and marched rapidly for the Chickahominy River crossings.

A Union soldier writing home from Long Bridge on June 13, 1864, was not impressed: “I think I never saw a more horrible looking stream than this…slow, sluggish, black, villainously treacherous looking.” In all, he concluded, Long Bridge offered “one of the most gloomy and unpleasant scenes we have yet met with.”

Half of the army crossed one-half mile south of here on June 13. The other two corps used Jones’s Bridge downstream. Once across the Chickahominy, only the James stood between the Union army and the Confederate defenses at Petersburg.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1767.
 
Location. 37° 28.591′ N, 77° 8.103′ W. Marker is near Roxbury, Virginia
Grant's Movement to theJames River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 7, 2009
2. Grant's Movement to theJames River
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, in New Kent County. Marker is on Roxbury Road, 0.4 miles south of Pocahontas Trail (U.S. 60), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Providence Forge VA 23140, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Letitia Christian Tyler (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Long Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Action of Nance's Shop (approx. 3.2 miles away); Arnold Stansley (approx. 3˝ miles away); Roxbury (approx. 3.6 miles away); White Oak Swamp (approx. 4.1 miles away); a different marker also named White Oak Swamp (approx. 4.1 miles away); George W. Watkins School (approx. 4.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. On the left is a map with the caption, "Grant split his army into columns for greater marching speed. He also pushed out Warren’s Fifth Corps as a screen to delay and deceive the Confederate commanders."

On the lower right is a photo of a pontoon boat with the caption, "The 50th New York Engineers laid about 12 wooden pontoon boats like this one across Chickahominy River at Long Bridge on the night of June 12, 1864."
 
Long Bridge CWT Marker on Roxbury Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 7, 2009
3. Long Bridge CWT Marker on Roxbury Road
Chickahominy River near the site of Long Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 7, 2009
4. Chickahominy River near the site of Long Bridge
Pontoon boat, Brandy Station, Virginia image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Timothy H. O'Sullivan
5. Pontoon boat, Brandy Station, Virginia
Library of Congress (LC-DIG-ppmsca-12579)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,284 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   5. submitted on November 10, 2021.

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May. 28, 2022