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Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Beaver Dam Creek

Richmond Battlefield

 

—Richmond Nat’l Battlefield Pk – 1862/64 —

 
Beaver Dam Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Beaver Dam Creek Marker
Inscription. General Robert E. Lee’s plan on June 26, 1862 did not anticipate a direct assault on the Union position here at Beaver Dam Creek. He hoped to maneuver instead of force to drive Fitz John Porter’s troops away from their powerful entrenchments. But Lee’s carefully crafted plan fell apart. Poor coordination among his various columns caused delays. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s 20,000 men were not able to get into position north of here, above Beaver Dam Creek, before sunset. With most of his Confederate army on this side of the Chickahominy River, Lee worried about the safety of Richmond, where only 25,000 of his soldiers manned the fortifications, facing about 75,000 Union soldiers.

Fearful that McClellan might hurl the bulk of his army directly at Richmond, Lee determined to engage Porter at Beaver Dam Creek. The resulting action proved to be a costly diversion. Today the creek at this spot is much wider and swampier than in 1862, and heavy woods obscure the lofty ridge occupied by Porter’s men on the eastern side of the stream.

Touring the Battlefield
The national park preserves battlefield ground occupied by soldiers from both armies. Take the footbridge over Beaver Dam Creek and learn about the heaviest fighting of the battle. The bridge crosses the creek at the same spot as the 1862 bridge.
Markers at Beaver Dam Creek image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Markers at Beaver Dam Creek
This photo looks on Beaver Dam Creek, seen in the background, in the direction of the Confederate charge.
Along the way signs help to illustrate the strength of the Union position. The site of Ellerson’s Mill (a wartime landmark) also is visible. The entire walk is only one-quarter mile long.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 35.786′ N, 77° 21.53′ W. Marker was in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker could be reached from Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the Beaver Dam Creek Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker was in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Beaver Dam Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee’s First Strike (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Creek Runs Red (about 300 feet away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Beaver Dam Creek (about 300 feet away); The Confederates Attack
East Side of Beaver Dam Creek image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. East Side of Beaver Dam Creek
This photo was taken on the east side of the creek, where the Pennsylvania troops stood their ground against the advancing Confederates.
(about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); Historic Cold Harbor Road (about 500 feet away); Holding the High Ground (about 500 feet away); Site of Ellerson’s Mill (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. The left side of the marker features a map of Richmond National Battlefield Park, with the location of Beaver Dam Creek indicated. The bottom right of the marker contains a battle map of the fighting at Beaver Dam Creek.
 
Regarding Beaver Dam Creek. This marker was replaced by a new one named Beaver Dam Creek (see nearby markers).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Beaver Dam Creek or Mechanicsville by markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Beaver Dam Creek. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Places To Go in Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Seven Days Battle
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is in the Beaver Dam Creek Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park.
. HistoryCentral.com website. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Civil
 
Richmond Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
5. Richmond Battlefield
The national battlefield park contains sites relating to three separate events of the Civil War: the Seven Days Campaign of 1862, the Overland Campaign of 1864, and the late-war fighting north of the James River.
Beaver Dam Creek Battle Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
6. Beaver Dam Creek Battle Map from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,105 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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