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

36th Wisconsin

 
 
36th Wisconsin Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, January 31, 2009
1. 36th Wisconsin Marker
Charles A. Starke, veteran of Company G, designed and built this monument in memory of his fallen comrades.
Inscription. (Front):
This monument has been erected
by one of their comrades
Charles A. Storke
in memory of the members of
Companies B, E, F and G of the
Thirty Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
who here fought on the first day of June 1864.

(East Face):
Killed and Mortally Wounded
(Listing of Names by Company)

(North Face):
Wounded
(Listing of Names by Company)

(West Face):
Captured
(Listing of Names by Company)

 
Erected 1924 by Charles Albert Storke.
 
Location. 37° 38.256′ N, 77° 19.596′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Pole Green Road 0.2 miles east of Rural Point Road, on the left when traveling east. 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 walking distance of this marker. Polegreen Church (approx. half a mile away); The Polegreen Story (approx. 0.6 miles away); Welcome to Historic Polegreen Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Polegreen (approx. 0.6 miles away);
Site of Storke's capture on June 1, 1864. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, June 12, 2003
2. Site of Storke's capture on June 1, 1864.
a different marker also named Polegreen Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Polegreen Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Totopotomoy Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Polegreen Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. The names of 137 infantrymen captured, wounded or killed that day are inscribed on the marker.
 
Regarding 36th Wisconsin. Sixteen year old Storke had joined the regiment just 4 months earlier. On June 1, 1864 he was among the 240 men from the 36th who mounted a late afternoon charge against the Confederate line near Hundley's Corner. Fewer than one-half returned. Storke was among those captured and was sent to Andersonville prison.

After the war, Storke graduated from Cornell University, moved west and founded the Los Angeles Daily Herald newspaper. In later years he visited the Virginia battlefields several times. He purchased a small plot and built this monument. As he told the Richmond newspaper in 1924, "It is done simply in the spirit of love for my comrades
Captured (west face) Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
3. Captured (west face)
who died and not in any spirit of bitterness."

 
Also see . . .  Charles A. Storke (Wikepedia). (Submitted on February 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Killed and Mortally Wounded (east face) Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, January 31, 2009
4. Killed and Mortally Wounded (east face)
Wounded (north face) Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
5. Wounded (north face)
Facing west towards the Confederate position near Hundley's Corner Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, June 12, 2003
6. Facing west towards the Confederate position near Hundley's Corner
Facing east from the area near Hundley's Corner towards the Union position. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, January 31, 2009
7. Facing east from the area near Hundley's Corner towards the Union position.
The 36th Wisconsin Monument is located in the gap in the distant treeline (right center)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,493 times since then and 145 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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