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Hopewell Virginia Historical Markers

A Busy Port Marker (facing upriver) image, Touch for more information
By Bernard Fisher, May 31, 2009
A Busy Port Marker (facing upriver)
Virginia, Hopewell — A Busy Port
“Beyond the masts and rigging and the smoke stacks and steam of the water craft, were groups of tents, long ranges of whitewashed barracks, log huts, and shanties of every shape.....these were moving uniformed soldiers and officers, negroes . . . — Map (db m19620) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — A Supply Hub
City Point’s location at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers made it an ideal hub for the movement of men and material. From City Point, supplies and men traveled by road and rail to the Petersburg front. Troops or equipment bound for . . . — Map (db m6545) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Appomattox Manor
Patented 1635 by Captain Francis Eppes, who came by tradition in the Hopewell. Owned by the same family probably longer than any land in U.S. Shelled by British during American Revolution. — Map (db m19616) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Baylor’s FarmPrelude to Petersburg — Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —
Ordered to take Petersburg, Gen. William F. “Baldy” Smith directed Gen. Edward W. Hinks’ division of African American soldiers to move from City Point toward the Cockade City. Hinks encountered unexpected Confederate resistance at . . . — Map (db m86247) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — City Point
For nine months in 1864 and 1865, City Point was the nerve center of the Union war effort and one of the busiest ports in the world. “The depot (at City Point) is the most perfect and commodious of any ever established anywhere for . . . — Map (db m19614) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — City Point
First settled as Bermuda Cittie by Sir Thomas Dale 1613. Important colonial port. Peter Francisco put ashore 1765 was Washington's “one man army.” Incorporated 1826. Annexed Hopewell 1923. — Map (db m19615) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — City PointOne of the World's Busiest Seaports
City Point had been a port for more than 250 years before the Union army arrived. On June 15, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant established his headquarters at City Point just eight miles behind the front lines at Petersburg. Located at the . . . — Map (db m19622) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — 16 — City PointCaptain John Smith’s Adventures on the James — —
Just east of the shallow bay where the Appomattox River empties into the James, City Point juts into the water. Upon first spying the easily defensible peninsula, Capt. Christopher Newport determined to deposit his boatload of colonists there. . . . — Map (db m19679) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — City Point DefensesSecuring the Union Position
The fort behind you is all that remains of the inner defense line built by the Union army in 1864 to protect its base headquarters at City point. With a powerful fleet of ironclads and gunboats controlling the James River and a numerically superior . . . — Map (db m3791) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — City Point National Cemetery
City Point National Cemetery "The busiest place in Dixie" City Point, Virginia, played a significant role in the final year of the Civil War. General-in-Chief of the Union Army Ulysses S. Grant established his headquarters here on June . . . — Map (db m131786) HM WM
Virginia, Hopewell — City Point, Virginia
8000 — B.C. Indian occupancy. 1613 Sir Thomas Dale establishes area as “Bermuda Cittie.” 1619 — Name changes to Charles City Point. 1621 — Rev. Patrick Copeland plans to build free public school, financed by the . . . — Map (db m19605) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — City Point’s Rails And WaterwaysTools of War for General Grant
City Point...tells more about how war is conducted than many battlefields. It demonstrates how Union forces used rivers and railroads to deliver the tools of war directly to the troops in the field. – Robert Black, The Harrisburg PA . . . — Map (db m19612) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — City Point’s Wiseman Family
The Yankee Soldier met Miss Wiseman at the town well – and married her after the war. The Wiseman family had settled in City Point many years before Mary Catherine Wiseman married Frederick Belch in 1865. He was a Yankee soldier . . . — Map (db m41498) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Confederate Memorial
(shaft) Dedicated to the glory of God in memory of our Confederate soldiers who fought in the War Between the States 1861-1865 Erected by the City Point Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy 1949 (base) Standing . . . — Map (db m25011) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Depot Field HospitalUnion Medical Care at its Best
“I think this is a very good place with the exception of too many lice.” - Stephen P. Chase, 86th New York Volunteers. Lice may have been the only problem the staff of the Depot Field Hospital could not handle. The largest of . . . — Map (db m14597) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Dr. M. L. King, Jr.
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Virginia, Hopewell — Dr. Peter Eppes House
"At first we lived in tents, but later, when my husband became commander of the post, I lived most comfortably in a house...." - Septima M. Collis The house Septima Collis lived "most comfortably" in during the last months of the Civil . . . — Map (db m19607) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — General Grant's Headquarters
General Grant’s headquarters at Appomattox Manor 1864-65 during the siege of Petersburg and Richmond. President Lincoln spent 3 weeks in City Point during April, 1865. — Map (db m3797) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Grant's Cabin
From November 1864 through March 1865, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant lived in this modest cabin. From here he directed Union armies in the climactic final campaigns of the war and hosted some of the notable figures of the era: President and Mrs. . . . — Map (db m3798) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Historic City Point
“It must once have been a quite pretty place, and consisted of a large number of scattered private houses, several of them very good ones.” Col. Theodore Lyman, USA, June 16, 1864 The village of City Point dates to 1613. . . . — Map (db m19619) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops
“To a civilian, a camp is always a sad-looking sight – men living on the ground like animals, in the mud, under the rain which penetrates the tents, surrounded by thick and acrid smoke of burning wood. Army camps are wild and . . . — Map (db m19623) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Hurricane Isabel
Hurricane Isabel caused a storm surge at City Point on September 18, 2003. Due to a combination of tropical storm winds and reversing high tides, river levels at City Point rose to 13 feet 10 inches above flood stage resulting in the total . . . — Map (db m19757) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — John Randolph
of Roanoke. Great American stateman and orator, born 1773 at "Cawson's", nearby on Appomattox River, home of his maternal grandfather Theodoric Bland St. — Map (db m30243) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — One Soldier, One Family, One WarThe Homespun Letters of James Nugent
"Oh! father, it would make your blood run cold to see the fights...War is awful." - James Nugent, City Point, April 27, 1865 In the closing months of the Civil War, a young Wisconsin college student was drafted and soon saw combat in the . . . — Map (db m19609) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Peter Francisco
Abandoned on the wharf at City Point, now Hopewell, in 1765, he was taken as a small boy to Buckingham County, where he grew to gigantic size. Enlisting at 16 he served under Washington with distinction in the North. Later in the South . . . — Map (db m32808) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Porter House
“I’ve noticed that that band always begins its noise just about the time I am sitting down to dinner and want to talk.” – General U.S. Grant, City Point, Virginia Earthworks had been thrown across the neck of land upon . . . — Map (db m19610) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Quartermaster Repair Shops
The Quartermaster Department was responsible for the transportation of the Army, storage and transportation of supplies, clothing, camp and garrison equipage, horses, forage, fuel, maintenance of buildings and repair of equipment. Captain . . . — Map (db m19611) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — St. John’s Episcopal Church
During the Civil War this church served as a signal station for both the Confederacy and the Union. On May 5, 1864 Col. Samuel A. Duncan’s brigade of United States Colored Troops (4th, 5th, and 6th U.S.C.T.) occupied City Point and the signal . . . — Map (db m19604) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Taverns
The structure before you was one of three taverns which existed in City Point at the time of the Civil War. It was probably constructed in the eighteenth century. On June 15, 1864 the United States Christian Commission established its offices in . . . — Map (db m19624) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — The Army of the James Monument
(north face) Sacred to the Lamented Dead of The Army of the James. (south face) Erected by the direction of Maj. Genl. B.F. Butler. George Suckley. Surg. U.S. Vol. Colonel and Medical Director H.B. . . . — Map (db m24826) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — The Bull Ring At City PointA Dreaded Provost Prison
“It was a pen of filth and vermin.” – William Howell Reed, a Sanitary Commission agent The Bull Ring was the Union provost Marshal’s prison at City Point used for the confinement of Union soldiers convicted or charged . . . — Map (db m19602) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — The Depot Field Hospital
“The sick and wounded are as promptly and carefully taken care of as those in a City or Town, and probably much better.” - Gen. Rufus Ingalls, USA Across the cove from you, on the site of the modern hospital, stood the largest . . . — Map (db m6546) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — The Peacemaker
“Let them surrender and go home, they will not take up arms again. Let them all go, officers and all, let them have their horses to plow with, and, if you like, their guns to shoot crows. Treat them liberally . . . I say, give them the most . . . — Map (db m19658) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — The Waterfront
“Everything is as perfectly arranged as in Boston.” - Pvt. R.G. Carter 22nd Massachusetts Infantry Cannons, food, munitions, forage, even coffins-the list of goods that passed onto the waterfront before you seemed endless. . . . — Map (db m19621) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — U.S. Government Bakery
“After breakfast I mounted and look at the Bake House just completed. It will turn out 100,000 rations in 24 hours. Every thing is on a grand scale and of the most convenient & Economical character. They make most excellent . . . — Map (db m19613) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Union Fort
One of ten small forts protecting City Point docks and Gen. Grant's Headquarters from Confederate raiders 1864-65. — Map (db m6544) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — 16 — Virginia Indians near City PointCaptain John Smith’s Adventures on the James — —
This peninsula separated two chiefdoms subject to Powhatan, the Weyanock and the Appomattuck. John Smith's map shows the Appomattuck people, whom Christopher Newport described as initially unfriendly, living in this vicinity. He told of a different . . . — Map (db m19680) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Virginia’s First World War I Monument
On Memorial Day 1921, Hopewell American Legion Post 80 dedicated the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice during World War I. The monument now honors Hopewell’s fallen heroes from succeeding wars and . . . — Map (db m17643) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Weston ManorWeston Plantation
“… a very pretty, large white house situated on a hill that sloped to the river; with pretty fruit and shade trees scattered over the lawn.” - Emma Wood Richardson Weston Manor provided a safe haven for young Emma Wood and her . . . — Map (db m14586) HM
Virginia, Hopewell — Women At City Point
“It was a nervous place for a woman; but I endured it, rahter feeling a kind of enthusiasm in the nearness to danger and death.” - Sarah Palmer, Ninth Corps Hospital Nurse Women decided to come to City Point for as many . . . — Map (db m19618) HM

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