Culpeper Court House

Culpeper Court House (HM5AO)

Location: Culpeper, VA 22701 Culpeper County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 28.35', W 77° 59.583'

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1863-64 Winter Encampment

— Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —

During the winter of 1863-64, Federal officers quartered in many of Culpeper's homes. The surrounding landscape was dotted with tents and huts for ten square miles as nearly 100,000 soldiers encamped. Gen. U.S. Grant, commander of all Federal armies, is said to have taken a daily walk to purchase cigars at a pharmacy located in what had been the boyhood home of Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill. Before dawn on May 4, 1864, the Federal soldiers broke camp and marched for Germanna Ford,10 miles ahead of you. This marked the last time substantial military activity occurred in the Town of Culpeper. The troops had embarked upon the last grand campaign of the war. Ironically, it was also the first campaign between the war's premier generals: the battles of Lee vs. Grant were soon to get underway with the first confrontation at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5-6.
HM NumberHM5AO
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:17pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 238886 N 4262487
Decimal Degrees38.47250000, -77.99305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 28.35', W 77° 59.583'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 28' 21.00" N, 77° 59' 34.98" W
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Area Code(s)540, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 302-300 E Davis St, Culpeper VA 22701, US
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