Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops

Housing Several Thousand Federal Troops (HMCWT)

Location: Hopewell, VA 23860
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.897', W 77° 16.466'

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"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 primitive villages...Yet, the inhabitants of these camps are writing history today." - Auguste Laugel, a Frenchman visiting Grant at City Point

Though tents and huts were the normal accommodations at City Point, Brevet Major W.P. Martin, a commissary officer, and his family were fortunate to find shelter in the residence of Captain Samuel Nelson Cook. The Cook House was appropriated by Union forces during the occupation of City Point 1864-65. The property was returned to Captain Cook August 1865, remaining in the Cook family until sold to Dr. Edward Ashlin Wilson in 1943.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 1:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298453 N 4132237
Decimal Degrees37.31495000, -77.27443333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.897', W 77° 16.466'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 53.82" N, 77° 16' 27.96" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-699 Prince Henry Ave, Hopewell VA 23860, US
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