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

From Farmland to Forest

Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail

 
 
From Farmland to Forest Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
1. From Farmland to Forest Marker
Inscription. Time has changed this landscape dramatically since the war. In 1864, much of the Co1d Harbor area was cleared farmland. One Federal believed this openness of the land was “the greatest part of the misery” at Cold Harbor. The deadly fire of Confederate sharpshooters prevented Union soldiers from moving freely behind the lines. “There was no cover from the fire of the enemy,” a veteran observed, except in the trench itself.

To move safely between front and rear, Union troops constructed six parallel lines of breastworks. You are standing between the 4th and 5th line of works.
 
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.259′ N, 77° 16.633′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Cold Harbor Road (State Highway 156) 0.2 miles east of Boatswain Lane, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. This marker is located along a one-mile trail in the 50-acre Cold Harbor Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6005 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Reserve Line (within shouting distance of this marker);
From Farmland to Forest Marker on the trail. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
2. From Farmland to Forest Marker on the trail.
The Battle Opens (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Garthright House (about 500 feet away); Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail (about 500 feet away); Preparation For Battle (about 500 feet away); A Dreadful Harvest (about 500 feet away); The Family Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864 (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. In the center is a sketch of six parallel lines of breastworks constructed by Union troops.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hanover County Parks and Recreation. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Cold Harbor (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. CWSAC Battle Summary. Cold Harbor (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. 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 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 930 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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