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

Keep Your Head Down

 
 
Keep Your Head Down Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
1. Keep Your Head Down Marker
Inscription. This shallow, winding depression is all that remains of a “zigzag” constructed by Union troops in June 1864. In trench warfare, soldiers dug ditches, called zigzags or covered-ways, to provide protection from sharpshooters as they moved from one line of entrenchments to another. Soldiers at Cold Harbor crawled through covered-ways carrying heavy loads of rations or ammunition, prompting one infantryman to remark that he felt “like some unholy cross between a pack mule and a snake.”
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.289′ N, 77° 17.018′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Anderson-Wright Drive and Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156). Click for map. This marker is located along the walking trail in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5515 Anderson-Wright Drive, Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Cold Harbor (a few steps from this marker); Keep Digging (within shouting distance of this marker); A Captured Trench
Cold Harbor Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
2. Cold Harbor Walking Trail
(within shouting distance of this marker); We Have Broken Through (within shouting distance of this marker); Stand Guard And Stay Awake (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery (about 400 feet away); A Deadly Delay (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Cold Harbor (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Cold Harbor (Submitted on March 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. CWSAC Battle Summary. Cold Harbor (Submitted on March 8, 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
 
Cold Harbor Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
3. Cold Harbor Battlefield
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 808 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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