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

The Cavalry Charge

 
 
The Cavalry Charge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
1. The Cavalry Charge Marker
Inscription. “In as short while we felt the ground begin to tremble like an earthquake and heard a noise like the rumbling of distant thunder. It was a regiment of United States cavalry charging us….When they were within about forty yards of us, we poured a volley into them and prepared to receive them on our bayonets; but our one volley had done dreadful execution.”
Pvt. William R. Hamby
4th Texas Infantry

“On came that splendid body of regular cavalry at breakneck speed, while our boys calmly waited until they were within about seventy five yards, and then there shot out from that ragged line a continuous sheet of flame, emptying many a saddle and hurling back the charging squadron in the wildest confusion.”
Pvt. C. F. James
8th Virginia Infantry
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 34.29′ N, 77° 17.694′ 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
The Cavalry Charge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
2. The Cavalry Charge Marker
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. Balloons Over the Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); Mistaken Identity (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 700 feet away); Morell’s Division, USA (about 800 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 917 times since then and 71 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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