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

The Federal Collapse

 
 
The Federal Collapse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
1. The Federal Collapse Marker
Inscription. “All was disorder and excitement; the field was full of me running for their very lives, and it was almost impossible to make any resistance to the tide of humanity pressing down upon us….It seemed as though the air was full of bullet, whistling all around us, and 20 or 30 cannon throwing grape and canister in incessant showers. Above all this noise could be heard the shrieks of the wounded and dying, dozens of whom were falling on every side.”
John E. Stewart
44th New York Infantry

“If any man can mention any regiment, brigade or division in that line that did not run, I should like to see it. In fact, they all ran, and came back, and ran again.”
Lew McKoy
44th New York Infantry
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 34.409′ N, 77° 17.552′ 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.
The Federal Collapse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
2. The Federal Collapse Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Final Stand (a few steps from this marker); Union Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Whiting's Advance (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hood's Attack (about 300 feet away); Confederate Pursuit (about 400 feet away); Lee’s First Victory: At a Huge Cost (about 400 feet away); The Union Left Flank (about 500 feet away); Confederate Grand Assault (about 500 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 854 times since then and 78 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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