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

2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery

Connecticut Remembers Her Fallen Sons

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery Marker
Inscription. Late on the afternoon of June 1, 1864, Col. Elisha Strong Kellogg and his 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery attacked Confederate entrenchments to the west along with other Federal troops from the Sixth and the Eighteenth Corps. Kellogg advanced his 1500 men across this ground in three battalions with weapons at port arms.

The combined Union attacks resulted in the capture of approximately 300 prisoners. Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke’s Confederate division halted their further progress with a withering fire delivered from the left flank. Kellogg was killed at the head of the first battalion in front of the abattis and breastworks held by Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Clingman’s brigade.

The remaining men of the 2nd Connecticut regrouped under Col. Emory Upton, and assisted in the capture of the Confederate line at sunset. However, more than 330 of its men fell killed and wounded in these attacks.

May this unit that began the day raw and inexperienced nevermore be known as a “band box” regiment….

Top plaque:
2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery
Killed or Mortally Wounded at Cold Harbor, Va., June 1-12, 1864
Col. Elisha S. Kellogg, Commanding

 
Location. 37° 35.307′ N, 77° 16.935′ W. Marker
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By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Cold Harbor Battlefield
Union troops, including members of the 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery, advanced across this ground on June 1, 1864 towards the entrenched Confederates. Many of the casualties occured at this site, just north of the marker.
is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Anderson Wright Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is 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 marker. Battle of Cold Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Keep Digging (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Captured Trench (about 400 feet away); Keep Your Head Down (about 400 feet away); We Have Broken Through (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Cold Harbor (about 400 feet away); A Bloody Baptism of Fire (about 500 feet away); Eighth N. Y. Heavy Artillery (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. The top plaque lists all members of the 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery who lost their lives at the Battle of Cold Harbor. The front of the monument contains the symbol of the Union VI Corps.
 
Also see . . .
1. 2d Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery Regiment. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Cold Harbor. CMSAC Battle Summaries webpage. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Richmond National Battlefield Park
The 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery Marker is in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 

3. Cold Harbor Monument Dedication For 2nd Connecticut Is June 1, May 2003. The Civil War News. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

4. Cold Harbor Battlefield Virtual Tour by Markers. This is one of the many markers along the walking trail, extended loop trail, and auto tour route in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on March 9, 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 1,385 times since then and 97 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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