Near Hanover in King William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Grant Crosses the Pamunkey
óLee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign ó
The Union infantry entrenched on the first high ridge south of the river, facing the valley of Totopotomoy Creek. A portion of the Sixth Corps explored to the northwest, guarding the armyís flank in the direction of Hanover Court House.
Meanwhile Federal cavalry collided with Confederate horsemen due south of here at Hawís Shop. Once Grantís army crossed the Pamunkey, its movements became more apparent to the Confederates, allowing Lee to formulate a response that ultimately led to the Battle of Cold Harbor.
“These canvas pontoons are funny looking; they consist of a boat-shaped frame, which is wrapped in a great sheet of canvas and put in the waterÖ It looks as if the Commander-in-Chief [Grant] had undertaken the washing business on a large scale, and
- Theodore Lyman, staff of General Meade
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 43.32′ N, 77° 17.176′ W. Marker is near Hanover, Virginia, in King William County. Marker is on Nelson Bridge Road (County Route 615) 0.9 miles north of River Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover VA 23069, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Latanť (approx. 2.1 miles away); Newmarket (approx. 2.2 miles away); Union Army's Crossing of the Pamunkey River (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hanovertown (approx. 2.8 miles away); "Hanover Town" (approx. 2.8 miles away); Studley (approx. 3.2 miles away); Salem Church/Hawís Shop (approx. 3.2 miles away); Early Airmail Service (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Regarding Nelsonís Crossing. On the lower left is a period photo. The caption reads, One of the bridges at Nelsonís Crossing, taken the day after the two corps marched through here. The pontoons in this bridge were wooden; the engineers used
On the right is a map detailing troop movements into Hanover County. The map carries the caption, The Army of the Potomac made better marching time by crossing the Pamunkey River at two different spots.
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler. Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Overland Campaign (Submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,519 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 3, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 2. submitted on May 29, 2014, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 3, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 7. submitted on March 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 8. submitted on February 3, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.