Daniel Day-Lewis took home the Oscar for best actor in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Sunday night, as history and movie buffs learned of a new way to experience Lincoln's journey.
A new tour launched by Petersburg Area Regional Tourism called "Walk in Lincoln's Final Footsteps" begins in Hopewell, on the banks of the Appomattox River. A small cabin on the sprawling Appomattox Plantation served as a Spartan and scaled back Pentagon, where General Ulysses S. Grant commanded the Union Army during the final days of the Civil War.
"President Lincoln spent two of the last three weeks of his life here," said Martha Burton, tourism director with Petersburg Area Regional Tourism. "He actually came here to City Point on a boat, from Washington, and brought the War to an end."
Hopewell was known as City Point during the Civil War, a time when 200 ships docked daily to unload food and supplies for the Union Army. Lincoln arrived at City Point on the "River Queen" steamboat, docking close to Grant's Cabin.
The Army built approximately 280 structures on the grounds of the Appomattox Plantation. Today, only the Cabin survives.
"Grant lived here during the longest battle on American soil, the Siege of Petersburg," said Gardner Graham of the National Parks Service. "It lasted nine months, and he wanted to be right at the supply center."
Four of the tour's sites are located in Petersburg, including Fort Wadsworth, Fort Mahone, the Wallace House and Centre Hill. One location, Point of Rocks, is found in Chester.
The tour can be viewed online at walkinlincolnsfinalfootsteps.com.
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