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

Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail

Hanover County Parks and Recreation

 
 
Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail Marker
Inscription. For thirteen days Union and Confederate armies faced each other around Cold Harbor, their lines separated by only 150 yards of ravaged ground. Twice, on June 1 and June 3 1864, savage fighting erupted when the Federals launched massive assaults against the entrenched Confederates.

You are standing near the center of the Union lines, held by the Sixth Corps. From here, Grantís lines extended two miles south to the Chickahominy River and nearly five miles to the north.

To view this section of the Cold Harbor battlefield, take the one-mile walking trail that winds past the historic Garthright House and well-preserved Union infantry and artillery emplacements.
 
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
 
Location. 37° 35.335′ N, 77° 16.649′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located across the road from the Cold Harbor National Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Garthright House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Garthright House
This house, located near the marker, was used as a field hospital by both armies before and after the June 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor.
of this marker. The Battle Opens (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Garthright House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Family Cemetery (about 500 feet away); From Farmland to Forest (about 500 feet away); Union Reserve Line (about 600 feet away); Pennsylvania Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a picture of fighting Union soldiers. It has a caption of “The Skirmish Line by artist Gilbert Gaul depicts the intensity of combat for Union soldiers at Cold Harbor. Courtesy of West Point Museum Collection, United States Military Academy.” The upper right of the marker contains a map of the Cold Harbor area, with the caption “Across the road is the Cold Harbor National Cemetery, the final resting-place for many of the Federal soldiers who died in the fighting. A half-mile to the west is a section of the Cold Harbor battlefield managed by the National Park Service. Park facilities, including a visitor center, driving tour, and walking trail, are open daily.”
 
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Earthworks on the Cold Harbor Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Earthworks on the Cold Harbor Battlefield
These fortifications saw much of the action during the Battle of Cold Harbor.
for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a Virtual Tour by Markers of the Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail and Garthright House.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cold Harbor. CMSAC Battle Summaries webpage. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Cold Harbor. Richmond National Battlefield. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cold Harbor Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Cold Harbor Map from Marker
Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
5. Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail
Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
6. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,285 times since then and 142 times this year. Last updated on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. 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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