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City Point - 1860's 39
City Point - 1860's


  When Ulysses S. Grant began the siege operation against Petersburg he selected City Point, Virginia, for his headquarters. His headquarters, initially in a tent, was located on the east lawn of Dr. Richard Epps'ss home, Appomattox Manor.

City Point, a small port town located at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers, provided Grant with not only railroad and river access to various points along the front, but also good transportation and communication with Fort Monroe, Va. and Washington, D.C.

During the siege, City Point provided prisons for Union criminals and Confederate P.O.W.'s and was a supply base for the Union Army. In addition, seven hospitals operated at City Point during the siege.
 

Appomattox Manor
Appomattox Manor, 1998
Dr. Richard Eppes'ss Home at City Point.



Grant's Headquarters
Grant's Headquarters at Appomattox Manor, City Point.


Grant's Headquarters - 1864 58 Grant's Headquarters - 1998
Grant (center, seated) with his staff in 1864/65 and the same view in 1998.


James River
The James River viewed from Grant's Headquarters.




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