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

Union Rifle Pits

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
1. Union Rifle Pits Marker
Inscription. These well-preserved rifle pits probably mark the far end of the Union line. The 16th Michigan Infantry or 44th New York Infantry likely built them on the morning of the battle to guard the western flank of the army. Although some Federal soldiers dug-in, none entrenched on this battlefield to the extent they did two years later at Cold Harbor.

“I am of the opinion now…that had our lines been better posted and entrenched…we might have been saved from defeat….Two years later the Army of the Potomac could not have been forced to spend idle hours…without running temporary lines of defence everywhere.”
Lt. Col. A. J. Warner
10th Pennsylvania Reserves
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 34.38′ N, 77° 17.7′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Watt House Road 0.7 miles south of Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling south. 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
Union Rifle Pits Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
2. Union Rifle Pits Marker
walking distance of this marker. Morell’s Division, USA (within shouting distance of this marker); Watt Farm Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Intensity of Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilcox’s Alabama Brigade, (about 300 feet away); Wilcox’s Brigade, CSA (about 300 feet away); Pickett’s Brigade, CSA (about 500 feet away); Mistaken Identity (about 500 feet away); The Cavalry Charge (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. NPS Gaines' Mill Battle Summary. (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 839 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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