Near Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
McClellan’s New Base
—1862 Peninsula Campaign —
While encamped at Berkeley, Union Gen. Daniel Butterfield of V Corps and a bugler, Pvt. Oliver W. Norton, reworked the last few bars of the “lights out” call into what became known as “Taps.” On July 8, President Abraham Lincoln arrived there by steamboat for a one-day visit, conferred with McClellan, and reviewed the troops.
Westover served as the headquarters of McClellan’s protégé, Gen. Fitz John Porter. Just after midnight on August 1, 41 pieces of Confederate artillery at Coggins Point across the river fired on the gunboats and the Union encampment around the house. McClellan reported 25
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 18.652′ N, 77° 9.065′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker can be reached from Westover Road (Virginia Route 633) 2.1 miles east of Harrison Landing Road. Touch for map. 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. Westover Plantation (here, next to this marker); Richmond Condita (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evelynton (approx. 1.4 miles away); Benjamin Harrison (approx. 1½ miles away); Capt. John Woodliffe (approx. 1.6 miles away); Origin of Taps (approx. 1.6 miles away); First Official Thanksgiving (approx. 1.6 miles away); Berkeley and Harrison's Landing (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles City.
More about this marker. In the upper center
On the right is a map of Civil War sites related to the the Seven Days' Battles and a portrait of "Gen. Fitz John Porter."
Also see . . . Westover. NPS James River Plantations (Submitted on April 29, 2010, 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 April 29, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 949 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 29, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.