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

Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864

Hanover County Parks and Recreation

 
 
Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864 Marker
Inscription. This drawing (below) by the famous Civil-War artist, Alfred Waud, provides a rare glimpse of the Cold Harbor battlefield, sketched from this very spot on June 2, 1864. Union cannons blazed away at the Confederate lines only a half-mile in front of you. The Garthright House and outbuildings can be seen in the background. The tree-lined Cold Harbor road sits off to the right. The sketch appeared in the June 25, 1864, issue of Harperís Weekly with the following description by the artist:

“At this point the Second and Sixth Corps join. One of Gibbonís brigades (Míkeanís Second Disision, Second Corps) appears on the left of the picture, massed under a crest. In this brigade are the Nineteenth and Twentieth Massachusetts, etc. To the right of the house is the old Jersey brigade of the Sixth Corps. Their term of service expires June 3, and they leave the army with an unsurpassed reputation. The lines these troops hold have been taken from the enemy, and are not more than a hundred yards from the rebel front. The smoke on the extreme left marks the position of a section of Stevensís [5th Maine] battery, while Mottís [3rd New York Independent] battery occupies the foreground. These and other batteries at this point soon silenced the enemyís artillery, while musket-balls in reckless profusion swept the rifle-pits, among which
The Garthright House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. The Garthright House
This house, located near the marker, is depicted in the drawing on the marker. It was used as a field hospital during and after the Battle of Cold Harbor by both the Union and Confederate armies.
the dead and wounded lay thickly.”

 
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 37° 35.334′ N, 77° 16.688′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in the picnic area of the Hanover County Park, adjacent to the Garthright House and across the road from the Cold Harbor National Cemetery. 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. Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Garthright House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle Opens (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Family Cemetery (about 300 feet away); From Farmland to Forest (about 500 feet away); Pennsylvania Monument (about 600 feet away); Union Reserve Line (about 600 feet away); Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains the Alfred Waud sketch that is mentioned on the marker.
 
Also see . . .
Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
3. Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864 Marker

1. Cold Harbor. CMSAC Battle Summaries webpage. (Submitted on January 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Cold Harbor. Richmond National Battlefield. (Submitted on January 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail. This marker is one along the walking trail around a portion of the Cold Harbor Battlefield preserved by Hanover County Parks and Recreation. (Submitted on February 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Artillery on the Cold Harbor Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Confederate Artillery on the Cold Harbor Battlefield
On June 2, 1864, the Confederate Artillery was located just across the road from the location of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,629 times since then and 165 times this year. Last updated on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 5, 2016.
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