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

Battle Of Bethesda Church

 
 
Battle Of Bethesda Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, January 28, 2009
1. Battle Of Bethesda Church Marker
Inscription. Here stood Bethesda Church, founded about 1830 and used by Baptists and Disciples of Christ until it burned in 1868. In May 1864, during the Civil War, Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren's V Corps formed the left flank of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Union line here, facing Gen. Robert E. Lee's army. On 30 May, Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early's attack on Warren's position failed. Early attacked again on 2 June, but was beaten back by Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's IX Corps. The next day Grant assaulted the center of Lee's line at Cold Harbor and was defeated with enormous losses.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O 12.)
 
Location. 37° 37.708′ N, 77° 17.694′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike (U.S. 360) and Hughes Road, on the right when traveling east on Mechanicsville Turnpike. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cold Harbor Campaign (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Cold Harbor Campaign (approx. one mile away); Battle of Cold Harbor (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cold Harbor (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cold Harbor (approx. 1.5 miles away); 36th Wisconsin (approx. 1.8 miles away); "Liberty Hall" (approx. 1.9 miles away); June 3, 1864 — 18th Corps: A Disastrous Attack (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
Battle Of Bethesda Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, January 28, 2009
2. Battle Of Bethesda Church Marker

 
Also see . . .  Battle with Many Names. In addition to Bethesda Church, other nearby landmarks were mentioned as the battle's name - Totopotomy Creek, Stumps Creek, Shady Grove Lane, and Hanovertown. (Submitted on January 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,138 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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