Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
One of the World's Busiest Seaports
City Point had been a port for more than 250 years before the Union army arrived. On June 15, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant established his headquarters at City Point just eight miles behind the front lines at Petersburg. Located at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers, City Point had been connected by a railroad to Petersburg prior to the war. The town's strategic position adjacent to a railroad bed and the rivers offered Grant easy access to points along the front as well as convenient transportation and communications with Fort Monroe and Washington D.C.
City Point became the largest logistical operation in the field during the Civil War. A large supply base was established here for the Union army fighting at Petersburg. From the waterfront Grant supplied more than 100,000 troops and 65,000 animals. Horses, mules and cattle consumed more than 600 tons of fodder daily.
As many as 150-225 vessels were seen in the rivers on the average day. Ships and barges transported food, clothing, ammunition, and other supplies from northern ports to City Point. The immense quantities of materials were unloaded
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.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 18.98′ N, 77° 16.412′ W. Marker was in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker was at the intersection of Water Street and Pecan Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Water Street. This marker is located in the Old City Point Waterfront Park. Touch for map. Marker was 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 location. A different marker also named City Point (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Indians near City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Repair Shops Clearing the Way (within shouting distance of this marker); A Busy Port (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic City Point (about 500 feet away); One Soldier, One Family, One War (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
More about this marker. In the center of the panel is a period photo with the caption, "On the upper Loading Supply-Wagons from Transports for Grant's Army – City Point, 1864. Each day an average of seventy-five sailing vessels, forty steamboats, and one hundred barges brought in supplies and materials from northern ports. In one instance, a fleet of ninety vessels arrived carrying twenty-six locomotives and 275 boxcars."
On the right are two photos of the commissary wharf. The caption reads, "The essence of the City Point Depot is epitomized by barrels of supplies stacked four deep on the commissary wharf. The army requires a staggering amount of supplies. Warehouses held thirty days' rations in addition to the clothing, shoes, camp equipment, and other items needed to maintain 100,000 soldiers. City Point was the culmination of the organizational skills gained by the Quartermaster Department in four years of war. Large quantities of lumber were required to build City Point's wharves. Captain Elisha E. Camp, an assistant quartermaster, was in charge of the supply depot. He, and other assistant quartermasters, were under Brigadier General Rufus Ingalls. When completed, Captain Camp's wharf was the largest of the eight wharves, measuring 113,980 square feet and occupying 530 feet of waterfront."
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 June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,383 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 4. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 5. submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.