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Lincoln's 1865 Visit to Virginia

Created by: Casey

During the Siege of Petersburg, Lincoln and his family visited Virginia. They arrived March 24, 1865 and stayed until Richmond fell - April 3, 1865 - at which time they went to the former White House of the Confederacy. This trip closely traces his steps.

Day 1

  • Centre Hill Museum

    Centre Hill Museum
    Address:
    1 Centre Hill Avenue, Petersburg, VA, 23803

    Phone:
    (804) 733-2401
    Website:
    www.petersburg-va.org/index.aspx?nid=394

    Centre Hill was built in 1823 by Robert Bolling IV, a Revolutionary War veteran. The house was restored in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to encompass three American architectural styles. The historic room settings are furnished with period decorative arts, many original to Petersburg as well as several furnishings previously owned by Civil War Major General William Mahone.  Two Presidents have visited the residence, Abraham Lincoln in April 1865 and William Howard Taft in May 1909. 


    Admission includes an introductory exhibition as well as a guided tour given every hour on the hour. A gift shop is also on site. Call (804) 733-2401 for seasonal hours of operation. Closed on major holidays.


    ** Please note: Centre Hill will be closed to the public from April 23 - June 30, 2015.

  • Grant's Headquarters at City Point

    Grant's Headquarters at City Point
    Address:
    1001 Pecan Avenue, Hopewell, VA, 23860

    Phone:
    (804) 458-9504
    Website:
    www.nps.gov/pete

    From June 1864-April 1865, General Ulysses S. Grant directed the 10-month Siege of Petersburg from the grounds of Appomattox Plantation at City Point. During this period, City Point served as a supply center for 100,000 Union soldiers. Located at the junction of the James and Appomattox Rivers, it was also one of the busiest seaports in the world. Tour includes 15-minute video, Park Ranger presentation, parlor, library, Grant's Cabin and outbuildings. Closed selected Federal holidays.

  • Petersburg National Battlefield

    Petersburg National Battlefield
    Address:
    Petersburg National Battlefield - Operations Building, 1539 Hickory Hill Road, Petersburg, VA, 23803

    Phone:
    (804) 732-3531
    Website:
    www.nps.gov/pete

    Petersburg National Battlefield Park, located approximately 25 miles south of Richmond, encompasses a large area with battlefield sites and visitor centers.


    In June 1864 Ulysses S. Grant realized that the key to conquering Richmond was to bring down the remaining major supply source, Petersburg. Three days after an unsuccessful attack, Grant decided to surround the city and wear down the supply desperate Confederate soldiers. The Confederates under General Robert E.Lee, managed to hold off the Northern troops for 9 1/2 months. However, by early April the Confederates could protect Petersburg no longer and evacuated the damaged city. Both armies began their trek toward Appomattox leaving behind 70,000 casualties in what was the longest siege in American warfare. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse would occur one week later.

  • The Jefferson Hotel

    The Jefferson Hotel
    Address:
    101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

    Phone:
    (804) 788-8000
    Website:
    www.jeffersonhotel.com

    Since 1895, The Jefferson Hotel has been recognized by discerning travelers as Richmond's grandest hotel and one of the finest in America. Known for its genuinely friendly service, luxurious guestrooms, breathtaking architecture and elegant décor, The Jefferson is reminiscent of a more gracious era. Guests of The Jefferson enjoy two restaurants, 24-hour room service, complimentary health club including an indoor pool, and complimentary wireless high-speed internet access and local telephone calls. Centrally located in downtown Richmond, The Jefferson is just blocks from the state capital, historic Shockoe Slip, the Richmond Convention Center and the financial district. All of Richmond’s most popular shopping, entertainment venues, museums and restaurants can be reached using the hotel’s complimentary transportation.

Day 2

  • The Jefferson Hotel

    The Jefferson Hotel
    Address:
    101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

    Phone:
    (804) 788-8000
    Website:
    www.jeffersonhotel.com

    Since 1895, The Jefferson Hotel has been recognized by discerning travelers as Richmond's grandest hotel and one of the finest in America. Known for its genuinely friendly service, luxurious guestrooms, breathtaking architecture and elegant décor, The Jefferson is reminiscent of a more gracious era. Guests of The Jefferson enjoy two restaurants, 24-hour room service, complimentary health club including an indoor pool, and complimentary wireless high-speed internet access and local telephone calls. Centrally located in downtown Richmond, The Jefferson is just blocks from the state capital, historic Shockoe Slip, the Richmond Convention Center and the financial district. All of Richmond’s most popular shopping, entertainment venues, museums and restaurants can be reached using the hotel’s complimentary transportation.

  • The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

    The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
    Address:
    500 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA, 23219

    Phone:
    (804) 649-1861
    Website:
    www.tredegar.org

    The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, on the banks of the James River in Richmond, Virginia, is the gateway to Civil War travel in the region. A National Historic Landmark and one-time heart of Confederate war production, the Center is now home to the main visitor center of the NPS Richmond National Battlefield Park and a new exhibit, “In the Cause of Liberty,” which provides a national overview of the Civil War. The site offers visitors and students an engaging and interactive exploration of the Civil War on both the local and national levels through the perspectives of Union, Confederate, and African American participants. The Center is a must stop for the Civil War traveler. For more information please call or visit us online.

  • White House and Museum of the Confederacy

    White House and Museum of the Confederacy
    Address:
    White House and Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA, 23219

    Phone:
    (804) 649-1861
    Website:
    www.acwm.org

    On one of our daily guided tours, visitors will learn about this National Historic Landmark that was the executive mansion for Jefferson Davis, his wife and children from August of 1861 until April of 1865. Robert E. Lee was a frequent visitor to the mansion, and Abraham Lincoln made a brief visit after the fall of Richmond. This elegant antebellum house has been carefully restored to its wartime appearance, featuring all period artifacts. Tours leave regularly throughout the day from the museum's lobby next door. The Museum has three floors of galleries containing an amazing collection of artifacts, photographs, and documents from the War. 

  • Richmond National Battlefield Park--Civil War Visitor Center

    Richmond National Battlefield Park--Civil War Visitor Center
    Address:
    470 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA, 23219

    Phone:
    (804) 226-1981
    Website:
    www.nps.gov/rich/

    Between 1861 and 1865, Union armies repeatedly set out to capture Richmond, capital of the Confederacy, and end the Civil War. Three of those campaigns came within a few miles of the city. The park commemorates eleven different sites associated with those campaigns including the battlefields at Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, and Cold Harbor. Established in 1936, the park protects 763 acres of historic ground, all federal.


    The Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works exhibits artifacts of the Civil War, especially those relevant to the Richmond area. A 22 minute motion picture depicts the battles which took place near the city.

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