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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lincoln In Petersburg

Tears at Fort Mahone

 
 
Lincoln In Petersburg CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 23, 2011
1. Lincoln In Petersburg CWT Marker
Inscription. On the morning of April 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln awoke at City Point to the news that Petersburg had fallen just hours before. He immediately arranged to visit the city and meet with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant that morning. Lincoln and his party, including his son Tad and Adm. David Porter, arrived south of here at Hancock Station on the U.S. Military Railroad at about 10 A.M.

Riding on horseback north along the Jerusalem Plank Road (present-day Crater Road), the group stopped at the abandoned Confederate fortifications along the Dimmock Line. Here Lincoln climbed the parapet of Fort Mahone, also called Fort Damnation (on Walnut Hill Elementary School site), one of the strongest points in the lines. The Union IX Corps assault had taken place here the previous day. Many bloated bodies, both Union and Confederate, still lay sprawled about. Among them were members of Union Gen. Charles H.T. Collisís colorful 114th Pennsylvania Regiment (Zouaves), whom Lincoln had seen on guard duty at City Point earlier in the week. A cavalryman in the escort saw tears streaming down Lincolnís cheeks. His bodyguard, William Crook, noticed that Lincolnís face had “settled into its old lines of sadness” over the warís enormous cost in human lives and suffering. His expression soon brightened, however, when he entered the city to
Tears at Fort Mahone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 23, 2011
2. Tears at Fort Mahone Marker
the cheers of Union soldiers and rode to the Thomas Wallace House to see Grant.

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In March 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant invited President Abraham Lincoln to visit him at City Point for a respite from the capital as the 9½-month-Iong siege of Petersburg neared its end. Lincoln joined him on March 24. They held meetings, reviewed the army, and toured fortifications. On April 3, the day the Federals occupied Richmond and Petersburg, Lincoln and Grant held their last meeting in Petersburg. Lincoln visited Richmond the next day. He returned to Washington on April 9 as Grant accepted the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Leeís army at Appomattox Court House.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 12.123′ N, 77° 23.066′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Wakefield Street and Goodrich Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Wakefield Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1964 Wakefield Street, Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pennsylvania Monument (a few steps from this marker);
Abraham Lincoln, Pres't U.S. image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner
3. Abraham Lincoln, Pres't U.S.
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-19215]
Old Men and Boys of Petersburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. George W. Gowen Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery 31 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Davis (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Davis (approx. 0.8 miles away); Graham Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Dead Confederate soldier, in trenches of Fort Mahone in front of Petersburg, Va., April 3, 1865 image. Click for full size.
April 3, 1865
4. Dead Confederate soldier, in trenches of Fort Mahone in front of Petersburg, Va., April 3, 1865
Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-1822]
Petersburg, Va. Breastworks of the Confederate Fort Mahone ("Fort Damnation") image. Click for full size.
circa April 3, 1865
5. Petersburg, Va. Breastworks of the Confederate Fort Mahone ("Fort Damnation")
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-02610]
Sketch of the entrenched lines in the immediate front of Petersburg image. Click for full size.
By Nathaniel Michler
6. Sketch of the entrenched lines in the immediate front of Petersburg
Library of Congress [G3884.P4S5 1865 .M5 CW 609]
Petersburg, Va. Company H, 114th Pennsylvania Infantry (Zouaves) image. Click for full size.
1864
7. Petersburg, Va. Company H, 114th Pennsylvania Infantry (Zouaves)
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-03688]
Pennsylvania Monument in front of Fort Mahone (site) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 23, 2011
8. Pennsylvania Monument in front of Fort Mahone (site)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,063 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   6. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   7, 8. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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