Near Roxbury in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Crossing the Chickahominy
—Lee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign —
A Union soldier writing home from Long Bridge on June 13, 1864, was not impressed: “I think I never saw a more horrible looking stream than this…slow, sluggish, black, villainously treacherous looking.” In all, he concluded, Long Bridge offered “one of the most gloomy and unpleasant scenes we have yet met with.”
Half of the army crossed one-half mile south of here on June 13. The other two corps used Jones’s Bridge downstream. Once across the Chickahominy, only the James stood between the Union army and the Confederate defenses at Petersburg.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 28.591′ N, 77° 8.103′ W. Marker is near Roxbury, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker is on Roxbury Road 0.4 miles south of Pocahontas Trail (U.S. 60), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Providence Forge VA 23140, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Letitia Christian Tyler (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different Long Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Action of Nance's Shop (approx. 3.2 miles away); Arnold Stansley (approx. 3˝ miles away); Roxbury (approx. 3.6 miles away); White Oak Swamp (approx. 4.1 miles away); a different marker also named White Oak Swamp (approx. 4.1 miles away); Seven Days Battles (approx. 4.1 miles away).
More about this marker. On the left is a map with the caption, "Grant split his army into columns for greater marching speed. He also pushed out Warren’s Fifth Corps as a screen to delay and deceive the Confederate commanders."
On the lower right is a photo of a pontoon boat with the caption, "The 50th New York Engineers laid about 12 wooden pontoon boats like this one across Chickahominy River at Long Bridge on the night of June 12, 1864."
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler. Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Overland Campaign Tour. (Submitted on March 7, 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 March 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,020 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.