WILLIAMSBURG, August 24, 1775.
ON Friday the 27th of September will be rented at Wilkins's ferry, to the highest bidder, the ferry and plantation belonging to the estate of Joseph Wilkins, for one year, for which bond and security will be required by GEORGE NOBLE, JOSHUA POYTHRESS, admrs.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie) August 30, 1776
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This ferry, located on the James River at Flowerdew Hundred, was on the most direct route from Petersburg to Williamsburg. It had been a popular crossing since the 17th century. In the 19th century, General Grant built a pontoon bridge at this location to move his troops from the peninsula to Petersburg to meet Lee in batlle.
Sources: Deetz, Flowerdew Hundred