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

A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position

 
 
A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
1. A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position Marker
Inscription. You are standing in front of a Union artillery battery, located on a commanding hill about 400 yards behind the front lines. From here Union officers watched for activity along the Confederate lines, and opened fire with a barrage of shells whenever they spotted a target. Southern cannoneers responded, but their projectiles either ripped into the ground in front of the Union guns, or passed harmlessly overhead.

Rarely during this two week battle were the guns silent. Constant shelling tested the nerves of the soldiers, prompting one to remark “you would have thought that the whole world had let loose its ‘dogs of war’.”
 
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.111′ N, 77° 16.681′ 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.
A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
2. A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position Marker
Federal Artillery Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bloody Eighth (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deadly Work of Sharpshooters (within shouting distance of this marker); Scars of Conflict (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Digging In (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Gaines’ Mill - 1862 (about 400 feet away); Misery In The Trenches (about 400 feet away); Preparation For Battle (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
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 898 times since then and 86 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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