Presidential Visit to Centre HillAt noon on April 7, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his party left City Point for Petersburg in a special train on the newly repaired City Point Railroad, arriving in the city half an hour later. His wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and their young son, Tad, accompanied him, as well as Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante, Elizabeth Keckley, who had been a slave in Petersburg. Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, one of Lincoln's closest friends, and Adm. David Porter completed the party. They eventually arrived here at Centre Hill, headquarters for the commanding officer of the Petersburg garrison, Union Gen. George L. Hartsuff. While a staff officer gave the others a tour of the house, Lincoln and Hartsuff discussed the temper of Petersburg's white population. This conversation probably occurred in the study, off the stair hall.
|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||Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:15am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 286975 N 4123135|
|Decimal Degrees||37.23041667, -77.40125000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 13.825', W 77° 24.075'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 13' 49.50" N, 77° 24' 4.50" W|
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|Area Code(s)||804, 434, 757|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 66 Centre Hill Ct, Petersburg VA 23803, US|
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