U.S. Military Hospital Site
— Bermuda Hundred —Point of Rocks, named for a sandstone cliff on the Appomattox River, marked the southern end of the Union defensive line that stretched across the Bermuda Hundred peninsula. In May 1864, the Union army seized property east of the present-day park from its owner, the Rev. John Alexander Strachan, and built a field hospital there. The Strachan house became the surgeons' quarters, and a cemetery was also established on the property. After the war, the remains were removed to City Point National Cemetery and a freedman's village was established there for newly freed African Americans. Strachan appealed to federal authorities for the return of his property and wrote, "This land is my homestead, the place of my birth. I have nothing left me now but my land, all my other property has been destroyed, even including my wearing apparel, and I am the husband of a delicate wife and the father of several children." The government retained possession until Strachan proved his title in U.S. District Court. Strachan and his family returned to Point of Rocks in 1866 and he spent the rest of his life here.
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 10:23am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 291302 N 4133173|
|Decimal Degrees||37.32180000, -77.35533333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 19.308', W 77° 21.32'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 19' 18.48" N, 77° 21' 19.20" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 201 Enon Church Rd, Chester VA 23836, US|
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