Diary of a Yankee Engineer: The Civil War Story of John H. Westervelt, Engineer, 1st New York Volunteer Engineer Corps

By John H. Westervelt; Anita Palladino | Go to book overview

Diary of an Engineer During the
Rebellion

No. XXXVI

May 8th, 1864

12M Went on shore and reported to Major Graeff. Having a little time till we leave I took a walk around the place. Fortress Monroe stands on a made island and is connected with the main by a barrier causeway. The fort occupies a space of many acres. Inside and out are many fine buildings the grounds outside are beautifully laid out and planted with flowers, shrubs and trees. I regret that I could not for want of time get a pass to go inside. At 3 P.M. the Dictator was ordered to the dock to take on a load for City Point, so we repaired on board again. It is astonishing to watch for a couple of hours the busy scene here, but everything works like a clock. At 7 P.M. we left the dock and started up the river. At 9 P.M. we anchored 10 miles from the fort where we lay till daylight and then started on our journey again. About 7 o’clock we ran on a shoal and stuck fast for an hour. The James river is verry beautiful being verry broad with the most lovely scenery along its banks. The water is verry shallow however and the channel narrow and intricate. The fog in the morning was dense which caused us to run aground. 3 P.M. Landed at City Point. On the route up we passed many places with names which the war has made familiar to everyone. Newport News we passed in the night so I did not see it. It is curious what insignificant places the rebs have dignified with the name of citys. Charles City, Braddon, Harrisons landing and City point are places consisting of from two to half a dozen buildings each. At City Point the river was literally alive with vessels of every description.1 On landing we found the depot and all the boys. Co H is here in charge of the Pontoon bridge and doing

1. City Point became transformed into a hub of activity for the last segment of the war. In large part due to its proximity to Petersburgh and Washington, Grant selected City Point as his headquarters and ordered the

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