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

Confederate Position

Cold Harbor - 1864

 
 
Confederate Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Confederate Position Marker
Inscription. These earthworks are the center of the Confederate line – six miles of overlapping entrenchments. Taking advantage of the Union delay, the Confederates prepared defenses that swept every approach with cannon and rifle-musket.

Across open ground came the Union assault, lethally exposed. Today there are trees, some undergrowth. On June 3, 1864, Federal soldiers had no place to take cover.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 35.447′ N, 77° 17.328′ W. Marker was in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker was on Anderson Wright Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on the tour road in the Cold Harbor Unit of Richmond National Battlefield. 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. Confederate Fortifications (a few steps from this marker); Between the Lines (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Breastworks (about 600 feet away); The Waters Ran Red
Marker on Cold Harbor Tour Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Marker on Cold Harbor Tour Road
(about 800 feet away); Grant's Grand Assault (about 800 feet away); A Lethal Occupation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bayonets Are For Digging (approx. 0.2 miles away); Those People Stand No Chance (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of Confederates manning the entrenchments at Cold Harbor.
 
Regarding Confederate Position. This marker was replaced by a new one named Confederate Fortifications (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 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.)
Earthworks at Cold Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Earthworks at Cold Harbor
Confederates entrenched at this position blocked the Union Army of the Potomac's advance on Richmond. Despite several frontal assaults, the Confederate lines held. Grant would eventually abandon his advance here.
 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 793 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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