1863-64 Winter Encampment
— Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —During the winter of 1863-64, Federal officers quartered in many of Culpeper's homes. The surrounding landscape was dotted with tents and huts for ten square miles as nearly 100,000 soldiers encamped. Gen. U.S. Grant, commander of all Federal armies, is said to have taken a daily walk to purchase cigars at a pharmacy located in what had been the boyhood home of Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill. Before dawn on May 4, 1864, the Federal soldiers broke camp and marched for Germanna Ford,10 miles ahead of you. This marked the last time substantial military activity occurred in the Town of Culpeper. The troops had embarked upon the last grand campaign of the war. Ironically, it was also the first campaign between the war's premier generals: the battles of Lee vs. Grant were soon to get underway with the first confrontation at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5-6.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:17pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 238886 N 4262487|
|Decimal Degrees||38.47250000, -77.99305000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 28.35', W 77° 59.583'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 28' 21.00" N, 77° 59' 34.98" W|
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|Area Code(s)||540, 202|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 302-300 E Davis St, Culpeper VA 22701, US|
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