On November 20, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was special guest at a grand review of the Army of the Potomac conducted near Bailey’s Crossroads. The site was then open country but today is a busy intersection in metro-Fairfax. A non-profit group called the “Lincoln at the Crossroads” alliance is seeking to commemorate the historic event by placing a monument at the intersection.
Lincoln visited Fredericksburg during the Union army’s occupation of that city on March 23, 1862. He and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton visited army headquarters at Chatham Manor where a review of the army was held for him. Lincoln then visited a number of other sites in Fredericksburg including army encampments. His route took him down the part of Telegraph Road later known as the Sunken Road, ironically the key part of the Confederate defensive line at the Battle of Fredericksburg the following December.
During the Siege of Petersburg, General Ulysses S. Grant maintained his headquarters at City Point – the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers at what is now Hopewell. Lincoln and his family boarded a ship and sailed to City Point, arriving on March 24th, 1865. The family spent two weeks there, a time that one historian has called the “last and most interesting weeks” of Lincoln’s life. While there Lincoln and Grant met with other high-ranking military leaders to plan the end of the war. He maintained his sleeping quarters aboard the navy ship the River Queen.
On April 3, 1865, the day after the fall of Petersburg, Lincoln rode into the city and met with Grant at the Thomas Wallace House on Market Street. The house is privately owned today and not open to the public.
On April 4, 1865, two days after Richmond fell to Union forces, President Lincoln visited the former Confederate capital. Lincoln and his son Tad (who was celebrating his 12th birthday that day) came ashore at Rockett’s Landing and walked with a small entourage through the streets to the former Confederate White House, then in use as Union headquarters in the city. Lincoln was shown to a room used by Jefferson Davis as an office and sat in Davis’ chair. Later he boarded a carriage and toured the Virginia capitol building and other Richmond sites. See a map of his route.
To the left, Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. The Steven Spielberg movie LINCOLN, filmed in Virginia, was released November 2012. The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards. The movie is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln".
Walk in the footsteps of the cast and crew of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, Lincoln, filmed over 53 days in Virginia. Go to www.Virginia.org/Lincoln for a downloadable map to help you visit actual film locations as well as restaurants, bars and shops that were favorites of the stars. The trail experience includes special LINCOLN walking tours.
National Geographic Channel's first original scripted drama "Killing Lincoln" was filmed in Petersburg and Richmond in 2012 and premiered during Presidents Day Weekend. With fresh historical insight, the film chronicles the final days of President Lincoln and the treasonous plot by one the most notorious, yet complex villains of all time. The film is an adaptation of Fox TV host Bill O'Reilly's best-selling book.
"I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible ... Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, some gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. 'Who is dead in the White House?' I demanded of one of the soldiers. 'The President,' was his answer; 'he was killed by an assassin!' Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which awoke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it since."Abraham Lincoln, regarding a dream he had while staying at City Point.
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