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The River Queen

 
 
The River Queen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
1. The River Queen Marker
Inscription.
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used this side-wheel steamer as his private dispatch boat, and it hosted the Hampton Roads Conference, President Lincoln's unsuccessful attempt to negotiate an end to the Civil War.
 
Erected 2017.
 
Location. 38° 52.804′ N, 77° 1.582′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Wharf Street Southwest west of District Square SW, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is imbedded in the sidewalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Potomac River Shoreline (within shouting distance of this marker); America's Oldest Operating Fish Market (within shouting distance of this marker); "a magnificent waterfront entranceway..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Houseboats on the Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Urban Renewal (about 300 feet away); Navigating the Potomac River (about 300 feet away); Creating the Waterfront (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
The River Queen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 9, 2018
2. The River Queen Marker
The River Queen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 9, 2018
3. The River Queen Marker
<i>Sidewheel steamer River Queen at the wharf in Nantucket, probably during the late 1860s.</i> image. Click for full size.
By Charles H. Shute & Son, Edgartown, MA (via Wikimedia Commons), circa 1865
4. Sidewheel steamer River Queen at the wharf in Nantucket, probably during the late 1860s.
"The River Queen was a sidewheel steamer operating as a ferry serving the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket during the late 19th century. Earlier serving on the Potomac River, it became closely associated with President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant, and was used for an unsuccessful peace conference during the last year of the American Civil War....River Queen was still operating in 1910 on the Potomac River, by that time among the oldest side-wheelers still in service. In July 1911, newspapers reported the burning of the River Queen "to the water's edge" following the explosion of a signal lantern on board. The press reported that 'For the past year or two the River Queen has been used as an excursion boat for Negroes.' " - Wikipedia
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on January 10, 2018. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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