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

The Battle of Gaines’ Mill - 1862

Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail

 
 
The Battle of Gaines’ Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
1. The Battle of Gaines’ Mill Marker
Inscription. All the visible remains along the trail date from the June 1864, Battle of Cold Harbor, but this ground figured prominently in the Seven Days campaign of 1862 as well.

On June 27, 1862, General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates advanced south through here during the final stages of the battle of Gaines’ Mill. Union artillery posted on a plateau half a mile to your right dropped shells among the Confederates every few seconds. After several hours of inconclusive fighting, Jackson’s men pushed beyond here and helped to drive the Union army across the Chickahominy River.

Another part of the Gaines’ Mill battlefield, one mile west of here, is preserved by the National Park Service.
 
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.151′ N, 77° 16.612′ 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.
The Battle of Gaines’ Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
2. The Battle of Gaines’ Mill Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Dreadful Harvest (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bloody Eighth (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scars of Conflict (about 300 feet away); Federal Artillery Battery (about 400 feet away); Preparation For Battle (about 400 feet away); A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position (about 400 feet away); Union Reserve Line (about 500 feet away); The Deadly Work of Sharpshooters (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a sketch of "Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson."
 
Also see . . .
1. Hanover County Parks and Recreation. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. eHistory at The Ohio State University. Gaine's Mill (1862) (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. CWSAC Battle Summary. Gaines’ Mill (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 1,219 times since then and 85 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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