Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“I’ve noticed that that band always begins its noise just about the time I am sitting down to dinner and want to talk.” – General U.S. Grant, City Point, Virginia
Earthworks had been thrown across the neck of land upon which City Point is located. This intrenched line ran from a point on the James River to a point on the Appomattox River. A small garrison had been detailed for its defense, and the commanding officer wishing to do something that would afford the general-in-chief (General Grant) special delight, arranged to send the band over to headquarters camp to play for him while he was dining. The garrison commander was in blissful ignorance of the fact that to the general the appreciation of music was a lacking sense and the musician’s score a sealed book. About the third evening after the band had begun its performances, the general while sitting at the mess-table remarked, “I’ve noticed that that band always begins its noise just about the time I am sitting down to dinner and want to talk.” I offered to go and make an effort to suppress it. On my return the general said: “I fear
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 Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists.
Location. 37° 18.896′ N, 77° 16.586′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is on Brown Avenue south of Pecan Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. City Point, Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Peter Eppes House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peacemaker (within shouting distance Appomattox Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); General Grant's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); City Point's Rails And Waterways (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Grant's Headquarters at City Point (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of the Porter House with the caption, "The Porter House was probably built before 1811. Thought to be one of the oldest surviving structures in City Point, the two-story Federal style building was once owned by Miss Mary Van Duesen, who later married Mr. Richard Eppes of Appomattox Plantation. Since an 1864 photograph shows soldiers of the Fourth Infantry Band posing in front of the house, it can be inferred that they occupied the dwelling."
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,078 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.