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

The Cold Harbor Killing Fields

 
 
The Cold Harbor Killing Fields Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 28, 2009
1. The Cold Harbor Killing Fields Marker
Inscription. The heaviest fighting on June 3 occurred at three separate spots outside the present boundary of the national park. You are looking northward toward one of those places. Two brigades of infantry from the Eighteenth Corps charged from right to left across the flat, open field beyond the creek. The Confederate fortifications were leveled long ago, but in 1864 they provided security for Southern riflemen and artillerists who swept the open ground with their fire.

“The surface of the field seemed like a boiling caldron from the incessant pattering and ploughing of shot, which raised the dirt in geysers and spitting sands,” wrote a horrified Massachusetts soldier. Many of the terrible tales of Cold Harbor have their origin here: men being shot down so rapidly “that those in rear of them thought they were lying down,” and Union soldiers piling up bodies of dead comrades as emergency protection.

This ground—some of the bloodiest at Cold Harbor—is private property. Please respect it by staying on this side of the pond.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.641′ N, 77° 17.223′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is
The Cold Harbor Killing Fields Marker facing north. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 28, 2009
2. The Cold Harbor Killing Fields Marker facing north.
on General Smith Drive (private) 0.1 miles north of Anderson-Wright Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is located along the extended loop trail in the Cold Harbor 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. In Reserve (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grant's Grand Assault (about 700 feet away); Between the Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Earth Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Fortifications (approx. mile away); Confederate Breastworks (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Waters Ran Red (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Bloody Baptism of Fire (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Cold Harbor. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. CWSAC Battle Summary. Cold Harbor. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Cold Harbor Battlefield Virtual Tour by Markers. This is one of the many markers along the walking trail, extended loop trail, and auto tour route in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on March 9, 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 998 times since then and 104 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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