Plate 23
President Lincoln on the Battlefield of Antietam.
Plate 28
Scouts and Guides to the Army of the Potomac.
Plate 72
Medical Supply Boat at the Landing.

Plate 72
Medical Supply Boat at the Landing.
On the Appomattox, Virginia. January, 1865
Photographed by John Reekie

Historically connected with the closing scenes of the great rebellion, this river will forever by interesting. This picture was taken about a mile above City Point, the boats being a portion of the fleet in the service of the Medical Department. The well-known supply boat, Planter, is lying at the little pier, formed by a section of a pontoon bridge. In the foreground is another pier, somewhat more solidly constructed on piles, driven into the oozy bed of the river. The opposite bank forms a part of Bermuda Hundreds, occupied by Gen. Butler after the failure of his advance upon Richmond.

When the combined forces besieged Petersburg, the Army of the James was encamped near Bermuda Hundreds, General Butler’s headquarters being so close upon the river, near Point of Rocks, where a pontoon bridge was laid, to connect the lines of the two armies. The bridge was well guarded by a squadron of gunboats, and although the rebels repeatedly attempted its destruction, remained undisturbed until the close of the war.

Caption taken from original text, Plate 72, Vol. II,
Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War
(Washington: Philp & Solomons, 1865-66)

 


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Medical Supply Boat at the Landing. January, 1862. Photographed by John Reekie

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