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Port Royal in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Port Royal

Union Supply Depot

 
 
Port Royal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 11, 2012
1. Port Royal Marker
Inscription. Port Royal possessed the finest harbor on the middle reaches of the Rappahannock River. Although the town's permanent wharf had been destroyed by Union gunboats before the Battle of Fredericksburg, the excellent harbor made Port Royal an obvious choice for a supply depot when the Army of the Potomac moved south after ther Battle of the Wilderness. On May 20, 1864, Brigadier General John J. Abercrombie, then commanding the Union supply base at Belle Plain on the Potomac River north of Fredericksburg, was ordered to abandon Belle Plain and relocate to Port Royal. General Abercrombie established his headquarters at Riverview, a waterfront home in the town, and the Army Corps of Engineers constructed a floating wharf on pontoons. The Port Royal harbor was soon choked with ships bringing in supplies and evacuating wounded troops. This frantic activity lasted only two weeks, until the establishment of a new base on the North Anna River closer to Richmond. Residents of the area were actually sorry to see General Abercrombie and his staff depart, because the general had earned the gratitude of property owners by providing guards to help protect their property from marauders, both Union soldiers and Confederate deserters.
 
Erected by Historic Port Royal with funding made possible through the sponsorship
Close up of picture on the Port Royal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 11, 2012
2. Close up of picture on the Port Royal Marker
Port Royal, Virginia transports being loaded from a pontoon bridge during the evacuation.
of the Washington-Lewis Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 10.281′ N, 77° 11.395′ W. Marker is in Port Royal, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and King Street on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Royal VA 22535, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fox Tavern: A Colonial Landmark ( within shouting distance of this marker); Dorothy Roy ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Earliest Inhabitants: Native Americans ( about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Port Royal ( about 500 feet away); Port Royal Harbor ( about 500 feet away); The Sacred Lot ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Port Royal ( approx. 0.2 miles away); This monument, until 1983 located on the Belle Grove Lawn ( approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Royal.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Port Royal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 11, 2012
3. Port Royal Marker
Riverview image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 11, 2012
4. Riverview
This was the headquarters for General Abercrombie, as mention on the Port Royal Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 507 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 15, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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