From June 15, 1864-March 29, 1865, General Ulysses S. Grant directed the siege of Petersburg and overall Union war effort from the grounds of Appomattox Plantation at City Point (now Hopewell). With its strategic location at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers, City Point was an ideal setting for a large Union supply base.
For over nine months, City Point was one of the busiest seaports in the world serving as a supply center for 100,000 Union soldiers. Each day, an average of 40 steamers, 75 sailing ships and 100 barges unloaded supplies at its half-mile wharf.
President Lincoln also spent two of the last three weeks of his life at City Point.
Full tour includes: General Grant's Headquarters at City Point, City Point waterfront, Union Fort, Depot Field Hospital site, Weston Plantation, City Point National Cemetery and Baylor's Farm marker at the Hopewell Visitor Center. There are also Virginia Civil War Trails markers at four of the stops.
The staff of the Hopewell Office of Tourism & I-295 Visitor Center can assist with tour planning including information on hotels, restaurants and other nearby attractions.