Enon in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Point of Rocks
U.S. Military Hospital Site
—Bermuda Hundred —
Early in 1864, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, commander of all Federal armies, ordered advances throughout the Confederacy in the spring. On May 5, Union Gen. Benjamin F. Butler landed his Army of the James
In June 1864, the first attacks on Petersburg were launched from Point of Rocks over a pontoon bridge across the Appomattox River. On March 27, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, accompanied by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Grant, visited the Point of Rocks hospital fewer than three weeks before Lincoln was assassinated.
During the siege of Petersburg, Clara Barton served at the Point of Rocks hospital as the superintendent of nurses. In 1881, she founded the American Red Cross and then served as the director until 1904. She wrote of conditions here, “The mercury above a hundred, the atmosphere and everything about one black with flies, the dust rolling away in clouds as far as the eye can penetrate, the ashy ground covered with scores of hospital tents shielding nearly all conceivable maladies that soldier flesh is heir to, and stretching on beyond the miles of bristling
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 19.308′ N, 77° 21.32′ W. Marker is in Enon, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Enon Church Road (Virginia Route 746) and Ramblewood Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in R. Garland Dodd Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Enon Church Road, Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks (here, next to this marker); Confederate Leaders (a few steps from this marker); The Bermuda Hundred Campaign-Federal Leaders (a few steps from this marker); The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Begins (a few steps from this marker); Opening Actions of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grant's Virginia Campaigns (approx. 0.2 miles away); Actions in the East 1861-1863 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal War Plans for 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Enon.
Also see . . .
1. Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Chesterfield Heritage Alliance (Submitted on April 9, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Point of Rocks Park. The Civil War in Chesterfield County, VA, The Bermuda Hundred Campaign of 1864, Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (Submitted on April 9, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Chesterfield County - Bermuda Hundred Campaign Sites. Virginia Civil War Trails (Submitted on April 9, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. Point of Rocks (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on April 9, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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