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

Misery In The Trenches

 
 
Misery In The Trenches Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
1. Misery In The Trenches Marker
Inscription. The earthworks before you were home to Union soldiers for nearly two weeks during the fighting at Cold Harbor. One Federal officer described the suffering that these troops endured living and working in the trenches:

“The work of intrenching could only be done at night. The fire of sharp-shooters was incessant, and no man upon all that line could stand erect and live an instant. This condition of things continued for twelve days and nights: Sharp-shooters’ fire from both sides went on all day; all night the zig-zags and parallels nearer to the enemy’s works were being constructed. In none of its marches by day or night did that army suffer more than during those twelve days.”
 
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.061′ N, 77° 16.744′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Cold Harbor Road (State Highway 156) near 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
Misery In The Trenches Marker behind Union entrenchments. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
2. Misery In The Trenches Marker behind Union entrenchments.
within walking distance of this marker. Digging In (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deadly Work of Sharpshooters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position (about 400 feet away); Federal Artillery Battery (about 500 feet away); The Bloody Eighth (about 600 feet away); Scars of Conflict (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Gaines’ Mill - 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preparation For Battle (approx. 0.2 miles 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 762 times since then and 60 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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