Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Busy Port
Petersburg National Battlefield
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
“Beyond the masts and rigging and the smoke stacks and steam of the water craft, were groups of tents, long ranges of whitewashed barracks, log huts, and shanties of every shape.....these were moving uniformed soldiers and officers, negroes driving mule teams, and sentries on duty, and over all flags flying gaily.” Mrs. W. [Wilson]
Between June 1864 and April 1865, City Point was one of the busiest ports in the world. Sometimes as many as 200 ships were anchored in the rivers here, feeding tons of materiel into a supply distribution system renowned for its efficiency.
Edward H. Henry, a captain's clerk here at City Point, painted this panorama” “City Point, Virginia; Headquarters of General Grant.” It is the most accurate known depiction of the huge Federal depot. You are standing at the base of the bluff to the right of the locomotive.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1865.
Location. 37° 19.02′ N, 77° 16.5′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Water Street near Pecan Avenue. This marker is located in the City Point Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield at the base of the stairs leading from the Grant's cabin area to the waterfront. 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. Grant's Cabin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic City Point (about 400 feet away); City Point (about 500 feet away); City Point's Rails And Waterways (about 500 feet away); One Soldier, One Family, One War (about 600 feet away); Quartermaster Repair Shops (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named City Point (about 600 feet away); Virginia Indians near City Point (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 989 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.