May 2, 2010

Wilcox's Landing

willcox wharf site
Civil War Trails markerWe followed a "Civil War Trails" sign near the Charles City Tavern down a road to the James River. There's a pleasant park that appears popular with fishermen.
county park sign

We spotted an eagle and a sign telling about the Union Army crossing here in 1864.

Wilcox’s Landing
Crossing the James

— Lee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign —
From June 14 to 17 – here at Wilcox’s landing and three miles downstream at Weyanoke Point – the Army of the Potomac along with artillery and several thousand supply wagons moved south of the James... The crossing supported a simultaneous advance and attack on Petersburg, one that nearly ended the war.
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