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Image of City Point, Virginia, Headquarters of General Grant

Edward Lamson Henry , (Jan 12, 1841–May 11, 1919)

City Point, Virginia, Headquarters of General Grant

30 1/8 in. x 60 1/4 in. (76.52 cm x 153.04 cm)

Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1944.80


Strategically located between the James and Appomattox Rivers, City
Point was one of the largest logistical operations and busiest seaports
of the Civil War. It also served as the headquarters of the United States
armies under the command of Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant during the
siege of Petersburg. In 1864, artist Edward Lamson Henry served as a
captain’s clerk aboard a Union Quartermaster’s supply transport on the
James River, where he made detailed drawings of City Point, including a
quiet and pastoral oil-on-paper sketch that inspired the Addison’s painting.
Functioning on many levels, the painting glorifies the city’s role as a
bustling transportation hub, recalls the Union victory, and establishes a
unifying national identify for its audiences in the aftermath of war.

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