Massaponax in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Council of War
—Lee vs. Grant — The 1864 Campaign —
At 10 a.m. Gens. U.S. Grant and George Meade broke camp near Spotsylvania. They reached Massaponax Church, on Telegraph Road, about noon. After a brief conference, the generals and the army moved on to Guinea Station.
Photographer Timothy O’Sullivan caught up with the Federal high command during their brief stopover at the church. He recorded a remarkable series of photographs of the generals and their staffs in conference.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 11.593′ N, 77° 30.598′ W. Marker is in Massaponax, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Massaponax Church Road (County Route 608) 0 miles west of U.S. 1, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, Massaponax Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Raid (approx. 0.6 miles away); Road to Guinea Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Farmer, Civil Rights Leader (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plantations on Guinea Station Road (approx. one mile away); Stanard’s Mill (approx. 3.1 miles away); Grant’s Supply Line (approx. 3.7 miles away); Engagement at Harris Farm (Bloomsbury) (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Massaponax.
Also see . . .
1. Charles Dana. An interesting character, somewhat forgotten by history, yet an important player in the high echelons of the Federal government. Dana served as a special investigator, deputy Secretary of War, or simply War Department Official, depending on the source consulted. However, the marker incorrectly describes him as "the Secretary of War." (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. John A. Rawlins. Another important, but often overlooked, figure in the high command of the Union Army. Rawlins served on Grant's staff from the early phases of the war to the very end. After the war, President Grant made him Secretary of War. He would die in office of tuberculosis. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
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