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

Between the Lines

 
 
Between the Lines Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Between the Lines Marker
Inscription. You are standing now just in front of the main section of Confederate fortifications. The primary line of Union entrenchments is 200 yards to your left. With the end of Grant’s attacks on the afternoon of June 3, the battle followed a less noisy but more sinister course. For the next nine days the armies hunkered down in their trenches and kept a wary eye on each other. Active sharpshooters prevented the men from showing themselves above the tops of the earthworks, while mortars randomly rained shells from above.

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
Between the Lines at Cold Harbor Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Between the Lines at Cold Harbor
This view from in front of the marker shows the close proximity of Union fortifications on the Cold Harbor battlefield.
, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is 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 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,
Richmond National Battlefield Park Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is in the Cold Harbor Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park.
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
 
Between the Lines Marker on the extended loop trail. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
4. Between the Lines Marker on the extended loop trail.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 689 times since then and 59 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.
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