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

Federal Artillery Battery

Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail

 
 
Federal Artillery Battery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
1. Federal Artillery Battery Marker
Inscription. Under the cover of night, Union artillerists left their horses at the foot of the hill behind you and dragged six rifled cannon up the slope by hand. The guns were then placed side by side inside this redoubt, with earthen mounds known as traverses, separating them for protection. The ammunition chests were carried behind the guns and placed in trenches dug for their protection. One artilleryman recalled that spare ammunition was wrapped in raincoats and placed near the guns.

This hill afforded Federal gunners a commanding view of the fields stretching past the Garthright House to the Confederate lines, 500 yards to the west. As part of the bombardment preceding the Union assault of June 3, this battery hurled shot and shell at Lee’s trenches. Most of Grant’s ordnance either fell short or flew harmlessly over the Confederate works.
 
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.101′ N, 77° 16.648′ 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
Federal Artillery Battery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
2. Federal Artillery Battery Marker
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. The Bloody Eighth (a few steps from this marker); Scars of Conflict (within shouting distance of this marker); A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Gaines’ Mill - 1862 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Deadly Work of Sharpshooters (about 400 feet away); Digging In (about 500 feet away); Misery In The Trenches (about 500 feet away); A Dreadful Harvest (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. In the center is a sketch of a "Union battery in action at Cold Harbor."
 
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 798 times since then and 47 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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