Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Union Left Flank
Although the many signs along this walk deal with the experiences of men in both Blue and Gray, please remember that at all times you will be on ground defended by Federal infantry. The Southern soldiers, whose words you will read in the next few minutes, mostly wrote from the perspective of the other side of the creek--private property not preserved by the national park and not accessible today.
This loop is one mile long and winds back into the primary trail at the Confederate breakthrough point.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 34.469′ N, 77° 17.609′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville Click for map. This marker is located on the walking trail along Boatswain Creek in the Gaines' Mill Battlefield unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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 of this marker. Confederate Grand Assault (a few steps from this marker); Hood's Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Whiting's Advance (within shouting distance of this marker); The Decisive Moment (within shouting distance of this marker); Pickettís Brigade, CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle Begins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Federal Collapse (about 500 feet away); Final Stand (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. On the right is a map of the Union left flank with the caption, "Late in the battle, two Confederate divisions were able to bring superior numbers into action against the left of the Union line."
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Gainesí Mill (Submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Gaines' Mill Battlefield Loop Trail. This marker is one along the loop trail in the Gaines' Mill Battlefield unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on February 26, 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 865 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.