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Prince George in Prince George County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Prince George Court House

Long, Hot March

— Lee Vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —

 
 
"Prince George Court House  -  Long, Hot March" Civil War Trails marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2007
1. "Prince George Court House - Long, Hot March" Civil War Trails marker
Inscription.  After crossing the James River, Gen. Gouverneur Warren’s Fifth Corps and Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s Ninth Corps were ordered to move toward Petersburg. One of two primary routes of advance, Prince George Court House Road (Road 106) was used by more than 40,000 Union troops on June 15, 1864, a hot and dusty day. “For three hours of the march only one rest of 15 minutes was had,” a Union soldier wrote. When the Fifth Corp arrived at Prince George Court House, however, they were rewarded with an hour-long coffee break.

“At three P.M. under a sweltering sun, our march was resumed in the direction of Petersburg. Great destruction of property was visible on the march. People, frightened by the advance of the Yankee army, had forsaken their houses and fled. Such places were destroyed. Had the inhabitants remained at home, the house, at least, would not have been molested. About sundown we passed Prince George Court House….With great difficulty the boys obtained water for their coffee, most of them being compelled to take it from the tracks of horses where they had been led to watering, in the swamps nearby.”
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Chaplain Louis N. Boudrye, 5th New York Cavalry.

The new Prince George Courthouse is the fifth such building to serve the county since 1655. The third courthouse was destroyed between June 1864 and April 1865. In 1865, after the war was over, the fourth courthouse was built. It was used until 1992.

(Sidebar Quote): “[The troops] suffered much from thirst, and at one time my tongue actually hung out and was covered with dust, I could spit cotton without exaggeration.”
- Union soldier, June 1864
 
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. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1865.
 
Location. 37° 13.253′ N, 77° 17.237′ W. Marker is in Prince George, Virginia, in Prince George County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 106), on the right when traveling west. Marker is one of two Civil War Trail markers located near the Court House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Prince George VA 23875, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Prince George Court House (here, next to this marker); The Clerk's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memoriam
Prince George Court House  -  Long, Hot March image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2007
2. Prince George Court House - Long, Hot March
Marker is part of the "Lee vs Grant – The 1864 Campaign" trail of the Virginia Civil War Trails.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Soldiers of Prince George Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Prince George County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); History at Prince George Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jordan's Point (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prince George.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Gens. Burnside and Warren in the upper center. A map showing the Civil War Trails tour route and related civil war sites is on the right side of the marker.
 
The Court House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
3. The Court House
Prince George Court House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
4. Prince George Court House Marker
Unfortunately, the marker has suffered damage and is partially unreadable in its current state.
National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Historic Landmark plaques on the building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2020
5. National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Historic Landmark plaques on the building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,333 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3, 4, 5. submitted on May 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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