The River and Harbor Bill

June 16, 1870


The bill allocating funds for improvements to various rivers and harbors throughout Virginia requires formal surveys of various locations, but it is likely to pass through Congress.


The river and harbor appropriation bill just passed in the House, directs the Secretary of War to cause examinations or surveys, or both, to be made at the following points in Virginia: James river between Richmond and City Point, including Harrison's bar, below the Point; Appomattox river from Petersburg to its mouth; James River and Kanawha canal; and the Rappahannock river below Fredericksburg. It also directs the same in North Carolina at Roanoke rive. The Senate will probably pass the river and the harbor bill as it comes from the House.
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“The River and Harbor Bill,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed November 28, 2020,