Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Between the Lines
Vermont soldier Wilbur Fisk, stationed in the woods to the left, summarized the situation during this period:
“The breastwork against which I am leaning is not more than 200 yards from the enemy’s lines, and in front of us are skirmishers and sharpshooters still nearer …. the field is open between us, but it is a strip of land across which no man dare to pass. An attacking party from either side would be mown down like grass …. I believe if the enemy should attack us we could kill every man of them before any could get into our works ….”
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Location. 37° 35.532′ N, 77° 17.349′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville Click for map. Marker is on the tour road in the Cold Harbor Unit of Richmond National Battlefield. 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. Confederate Fortifications (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grant's Grand Assault (about 700 feet away); The Cold Harbor Killing Fields (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Breastworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Reserve (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Waters Ran Red (approx. ¼ mile away); Firing Blind (approx. ¼ mile away); A Lethal Occupation (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. On the bottom of the marker is a compass rose that indicates that the marker faces south.
Also see . . .
1. Cold Harbor. CMSAC Battle Summaries webpage. (Submitted on January 12, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Cold Harbor. Richmond National Battlefield. (Submitted on January 12, 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, (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 715 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.