Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Robert E. Lee
President Andrew Jackson contemplated fundamental changes to the bastion and apparently ordered alterations in its design. A frustrated Lee complained that "the President has played the devil with the plan for Fort Calhoun."
Lee's other duties were light and routine. He dealt with captains of vessels carrying stone to the island, which required examining the material for quality, size, and weight, followed by the filing of repetitious reports. He was also subjected to a bevy of bothersome inspections. During sweltering July temperatures, the Inspector General of the Army, Col. John E. Wool, arrived for yet another visit. Nettled by this redundancy, Lee hoped that Wool would enjoy
After two months at Fort Calhoun, and because of his good work, Lee was reassigned to Washington, where he was promoted to be assistant to the U.S. Army's Chief of Engineers.
Erected by VisitHampton.com and Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 36° 59.21′ N, 76° 18.128′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Touch for map. Fort Wool is not accessible by car and can only be accessed by guided boat tour. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23503, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Fort Wool (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Monroe Concrete Seawall Eastern Terminus (approx. one mile away); Fort Monroe Seawall History (approx. one mile away); Fort Monroe History (approx. one mile away); Engineer Wharf (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Fort Monroe Seawall History (approx. one mile away); First Africans in Virginia (approx. one mile away); Old Point Comfort Light (approx. one mile away).
More about this marker. Although Fort Wool is not accessible by car, it can be seen from the Chesapeake Bay shore of Fort Monroe or from the Hampton Roads
Also see . . .
1. Fort Wool. Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau (Submitted on July 23, 2015.)
2. Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruises. Boat tours of Hampton Roads include a stop at the historic Civil War island of Fort Wool (weather permitting). (Submitted on July 23, 2015.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
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