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

Mistaken Identity

 
 
Mistaken Identity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
1. Mistaken Identity Marker
Inscription. “It was now sun down and the air was dense with smoke, so that we were realty not certain whether the column before us were friends or enemies….Their banner was furled, and we could not get any clue from that….Just at this time Colonel Jenkins, in stentorian tones called out ‘show your flag or I’ll fire upon you!’ but that flag was not unfurled and the command was given ‘ready, aim, fire.’”
Letter to newspaper from a member of the 5th South Carolina Infantry

“We were not quite certain that they were our enemy until their commander, who was in front and on foot, commanded us to surrender. Maj. Welch replied, ‘D---d if we do;’ when they immediately opened on us a withering volley….”
T. R. Lackie
16th Michigan Infantry
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 34.29′ N, 77° 17.706′ 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.
Mistaken Identity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
2. Mistaken Identity Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Balloons Over the Battlefield (here, next to this marker); The Cavalry Charge (a few steps from this marker); Watt Farm Road (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Rifle Pits (about 500 feet away); Wilcox’s Alabama Brigade, (about 600 feet away); Intensity of Battle (about 600 feet away); Wilcox’s Brigade, CSA (about 600 feet away); Morell’s Division, USA (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Gaines’ 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 914 times since then and 86 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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