Massaponax Baptist Church, built in 1859, served a congregation founded in 1788. On 21 May 1864 Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his commanders conferred on pews in the churchyard as the Union army marched from the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield to the North Anna River. Photographer Timothy O'Sullivan hauled his heavy stereo camera to the balcony of the church and recorded this conference in a unique series of candid images showing a war council in progress.
Geographic Location: Spotsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: 5101 Massaponax Church Road (County Road 608), 100 feet west of intersection with Jefferson Davis Highway (US 1), Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Marker is on right, in front of Massaponax Church, when traveling west on Massaponax Church Road.
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