Crossing the James
— Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —With the Federal armies stalled at Cold Harbor, Gen. U.S. Grant made the fateful decision to move on Petersburg. The march began under cover of darkness on the evening of June 12, 1864, and covered some 20 miles before reaching the James River crossings. From June 14 to 17 - here at Wilcox's landing and three miles downstream at Weyanoke Point - the Army of the Potomac along with artillery and several thousand supply wagons moved south of the James. It was one of the few times a Union commander had managed to outmaneuver Confederate commander Gen. Robert E. Lee. The crossing supported a simultaneous advance and attack on Petersburg, one that nearly ended the war.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 2:35pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 314098 N 4132130|
|Decimal Degrees||37.31725000, -77.09796667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 19.035', W 77° 5.878'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 19' 2.10" N, 77° 5' 52.68" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 12600 Wilcox Wharf Rd, Charles City VA 23030, US|
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