Photographic Documentation of the Government Supply Complex at City Point
The photographs below are just of perhaps hundreds of images taken of City Point during the Civil War. City Point was one of the most photographed areas in the Civil War. Many of these photographs were taken by Capt. Andrew J. Russell to document the work of the Quartermaster Corps and the U.S. Military Railroad. Some were taken by Timothy O'Sullivan. We are beginning to sort them out. Stay tuned
The above four images from various sources form a panorama of "City Point headquarters." The third image from the right is attributed to Capt. Andrew J. Russell. The snow cover, wagons, mules, and other details suggest that all four images were taken during the same session and may be safely attributed to Russell.
Here the four photographs are stitched together more-or-less seamlessly by Ted Linton. Zoom in below.
This is an overlay of the Civil War City Point Railroad map (detail above) on modern GIS data. The map was compiled by William & Mary Archeology Department as part of a study conducted for the National Park Service. The Eppes House Appomattox Manor is located at the top left of the point. The series of smaller cabins to the right were the Headquarters of the Armies led by General Grant. The long blue buildings on the far right along the waterfront were the Quartermaster warehouses. This is a fine example of how historic maps can be used to guide archeological research today.
Photographs of City Point from the Library of Congress
Timothy H. O'Sullivan, Photographs of City Point (Attributed)
Photographs of City Point in the Alice Mason Collection, Boston Athenaeum
Photographs from the The Medford Historical Society Civil War Photograph Collection