Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
When Union forces evacuated Harrison’s landing in August 1862, more than 60,000 men marched past Charles City Courthouse on their way to Williamsburg. Souvenir seekers rummaged through old records in the clerk’s office, carrying some off and destroying others.
Charles City Courthouse fell into Union hands again in June 1864, when Gen. Grant moved 115,000 men across the county and the James River in a lightning-swift assault on the city of Petersburg. By the time of this occupation the tavern and other buildings had been burned.
G.W. Jones and eighty-nine other members of the 24th Virginia Cavalry were captured here in a surprise attack early on the morning of Sunday, December 13, 1863. One of the captives turned out to be a woman. Union soldiers said she fought as well as the men. Why do you think a woman might have disguised herself as a man so that she could join the army?
Book cover and photo.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails, Charles City Courthouse, Waste Management.
Location. 37° 20.5′ N, 77° 4.344′ W. Marker is in Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 155) and Watermelon Fields Road. Touch for map. The CWT panel is on the lawn of the old Charles City Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Three Courthouse Essentials (a few steps from this marker); Eye Witness to a Revolution (a few steps from this marker); America’s 3rd Oldest Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Charles City C. H. (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Hope & Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greenway (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Bend (approx. 1.2 miles away); Upper Weyanoke (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles City.
More about this marker. On the upper left is a "Robert K. Sneeden watercolor. Courtesy Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia."
On the middle right is a "Robert K. Sneeden Map. Courtesy Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia."
On the lower right is a period photo of "Union forces at Charles City Courthouse, June 13, 1864. Courtesy Library of Congress."
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,013 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.