Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
U.S. Government Bakery
Feeding the Union army was not an easy task. Much labor was required to ensure that thousands of U.S. Soldiers received their daily rations. On August 30, 1864 the U.S. Military Rail Road Construction Corps received an order to construct “an immense building for a bakery...[&] to have a side track” built to accommodate the transportation of bread to Union troops at Petersburg. Construction of the bakery started a month later and was completed by the end of October.
The bakery complex consisted of five frame structures which included an office, a yeast house, two large bakeries and a storehouse. Numerous civilian bakers kept the ovens going day and night producing more than 100,000 rations of bread daily. The bread was loaded onto trains and transported to the front with such efficiency that Union
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 18.575′ N, 77° 16.755′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Appomattox Street and Fort Street. This marker is located on the east side of the Union Fort. 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 Defenses (here, next to this marker); Union Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bull Ring At City Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. John’s Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. Peter Eppes House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Porter House (approx. 0.4 miles away); City Point, Virginia (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named City Point (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a photo of the bakery with the caption, "One of the busiest establishments at City Point; the U.S. Government Bakery produced over 100,000 rations of bread daily."
On the lower right is a photo of the railroad which served the bakery. The caption reads, "The Commissary Department of the Army was responsible for supplying food. The commissary depot and bakery stood on a railroad spur just outside the interior defense lines. Before reaching the bakery, the railroad spur split into a Y. The northern leg went to the commissary depot where supplies brought in by train were unloaded. The southern leg ran to the bakery storehouse."
Also see . . . Petersburg National Battlefield. City Point. (Submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,112 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.