Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops
“To a civilian, a camp is always a sad-looking sight – men living on the ground like animals, in the mud, under the rain which penetrates the tents, surrounded by thick and acrid smoke of burning wood. Army camps are wild and primitive villages...Yet, the inhabitants of these camps are writing history today.” - Auguste Laugel, a Frenchman visiting Grant at City Point
Though tents and huts were the normal accommodations at City Point, Brevet Major W.P. Martin, a commissary officer, and his family were fortunate to find shelter in the residence of Captain Samuel Nelson Cook. The Cook House was appropriated by Union forces during the occupation of City Point 1864-65. The property was returned to Captain Cook August 1865, remaining in the Cook family until sold to Dr. Edward Ashlin Wilson in 1943.
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. 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 Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops (here, next to this marker); Taverns (here, next to this marker); Women At City Point (within shouting distance of this marker); One Soldier, One Family, One War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Point's Wiseman Family (about 400 feet away); Historic City Point (about 400 feet away); Dr. Peter Eppes House (about 500 feet away); Quartermaster Repair Shops (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photo of the Maltby House with the caption, "Civilian visitors lodged in the well-appointed Maltby House, a hotel which stood near the present site of the James House (1016 Maplewood) shown above in an early photograph."
On the lower left is a photo of a typical encampment with the caption, "The area behind the interior defense line was dotted with regimental encampments as were sections of land west of Cedar Lane. Tents and huts can be seen in almost every picture taken at City Point during the Civil War."
On the upper right is a photo of the Cook House. The caption reads, "The Cook House, 600 Prince Henry Avenue (on the left), was built 1857-58 by Captain Samuel Nelson Cook, Mariner, on land acquired from Dr. Richard Eppes of Appomattox Plantation. Mr. Joseph Cook, son of Captain Cook, made additions to the house in 1890. He also built the two story Cook annex immediately behind his house for a daughter in 1913. St. John's Rectory, 602 Prince Henry Avenue (on the right), was built in 1848 as a home for the Episcopal minister. Its most likely use was as headquarters for the Commissary Department."
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by 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 1,541 times since then and 39 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.