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

Walk in the Footsteps of History

 
 
Walk in the Footsteps of History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Walk in the Footsteps of History Marker
Inscription. This one-mile walking trail covers historic ground that witnessed two weeks of intense fighting in June 1864. It winds through earthen fortifications built more than a century ago. The Cold Harbor battle raged over thousands of acres, and this loop trail traverses only a small portion of the battlefield.

You can help protect the historic earthworks of this site by walking only on the trail. These fragile fortifications can be preserved only through a respectful appreciation of their importance.

Allow 45 minutes to complete this trail.

 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.1′ N, 77° 17.219′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Anderson Wright Drive and Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling north on Anderson Wright Drive. Click for map. Marker is near the Visitor Center 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. We Must Hold This Line (here, next to this marker); Cold Harbor
Cold Harbor Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Cold Harbor Earthworks
The walking trail goes past these fortifications on the Cold Harbor Battlefield. Union and Confederate troops faced each other in June of 1864 from fortifications located only yards away from each other.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Read's Batallion (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Cold Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ultimate Sacrifice (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nowhere To Go (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 top of the marker contains a map of the Cold Harbor Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park which shows the location of trails, roads and earthworks.
 
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,
Walk in the Footsteps of History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
3. Walk in the Footsteps of History Marker
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
 
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is located in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Cold Harbor Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
5. Cold Harbor Map from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 838 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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