Lincoln In Petersburg
Tears at Fort Mahone
In March 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant invited President Abraham Lincoln to visit him at City Point for a respite from the capital as the 9˝-month-Iong siege of Petersburg neared its end. Lincoln joined him on March 24. They held meetings, reviewed the army, and toured fortifications. On April 3, the day the Federals occupied Richmond and Petersburg, Lincoln and Grant held their last meeting in Petersburg. Lincoln visited Richmond the next day. He returned to Washington on April 9 as Grant accepted the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army at Appomattox Court House.
On the morning of April 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln awoke at City Point to the news that Petersburg had fallen just hours before. He immediately arranged to visit the city and meet with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant that morning. Lincoln and his party, including his son Tad and Adm. David Porter, arrived south of here at Hancock Station on the U.S. Military Railroad at about 10 A.M.
Riding on horseback north along the Jerusalem Plank Road (present-day Crater Road), the group stopped at the abandoned Confederate fortifications
President Abraham Lincoln, February 1863 Courtesy Library of Congress
Dead Confederates (one barely visible, covered in mud at bottom left), Fort Mahone, April 3, 1865 Courtesy Library of Congress
Confederate Fort Mahone (Fort Damnation), April 3, 1865 - Courtesy Library of Congress
Petersburg and fortifications, 1865 Courtesy Library of Congress
Part of Co. G, 114th Pennsylvania Infantry (Zouaves), Union lines near Petersburg,
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1865.
Location. 37° 12.123′ N, 77° 23.066′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Wakefield Street and Goodrich Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Wakefield Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1964 Wakefield Street, Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pennsylvania Monument (a few steps from this marker); Old Men and Boys of Petersburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. George W. Gowen Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery 31 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Davis (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Davis (approx. 0.8 miles away); Graham Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,420 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 2. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 5. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 9. submitted on June 13, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.