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

Field Hospital

Garthright House - 1864

 
 
Field Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Field Hospital Marker
Inscription. During the Battle of Cold Harbor in June, 1864, the Union turned this middle-class plantation into a field hospital. The residents – forced to move to the basement – watched blood dripping down between the floorboards.

After Grant left for Petersburg, the Confederates set up their field hospital in the Garthright House.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 35.336′ N, 77° 16.719′ W. Marker was in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker was on Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located across the road from the Cold Harbor National Cemetery. 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. Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Garthright House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Family Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail
Marker at Cold Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Marker at Cold Harbor
(about 300 feet away); The Battle Opens (about 400 feet away); Pennsylvania Monument (about 500 feet away); Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (about 500 feet away); Eighth N. Y. Heavy Artillery (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a picture of wounded Union soldiers being treated near the Garthright House. The upper left contains a photograph of wounded soldiers on the battlefield.
 
Regarding Field Hospital. This marker was replaced by a new one named Garthright House (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .
1. Cold Harbor. CMSAC Battle Summaries webpage. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Cold Harbor. Richmond National Battlefield. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail. This marker is one along the walking trail around a portion of the Cold Harbor Battlefield preserved by Hanover County Parks
Garthright House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Garthright House
This house served as a Union hospital during the Battle of Cold Harbor in June 1864. After the Army of the Potomac left for Petersburg, it became a Confederate hospital.
and Recreation. (Submitted on February 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,007 times since then and 83 times this year. Last updated on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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