Legacy of Logistics in Hopewell and Prince George County, Virginia
First in a tent and then in a cabin overlooking the James and Appomattox Rivers, General Ulysses S. Grant led the Union war effort for nearly the last full year of the war. Featured in Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln, President Lincoln made two trips to this cabin overlook, with the second one during the final two weeks of the Civil War.
From the River Queen, Lincoln would trudge up the steep bluff to meet with military leadership. In this strategic position, the rivers offered easy access to points along the front, as well as good transportation and communications with Fort Monroe, Virginia and Washington, DC.
Adjacent to “Grant’s Cabin” is the Appomattox Plantation which was built in 1751 by the Eppes family. Today the home is part of the Petersburg National Battlefield. Touring with a GPS-enabled application guides visitors to all historic spots across the military campaign landscape www.civilwar.org/battleapps.