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

A Captured Trench

 
 
A Captured Trench Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
1. A Captured Trench Marker
Inscription. On the morning of June 1, 1864, Confederate soldiers of Thomas Clingman’s North Carolina brigade frantically dug this trench. They anticipated a Union assault later in the day. Around 6:00 p.m. Federal troops of the VI Corps moved into position near Old Cold Harbor, a half-mile to the east, and with two hours of daylight remaining, received orders to attack. This would be part of the first Union assault at Cold Harbor.

Emory Upton’s brigade of 2600 Union infantry attacked here. An intense, bloody battle ensued. Eventually Upton’s men reached this earthwork and clung to it, despite repeated attempts that evening to retake it.

“At the first ray of dawn it [the work] was strengthened and occupied by skirmishers; and during our stay at Cold Harbor, which lasted until midnight of June 12th, it remained our front line….”
Theodore Vaill, Upton’s Brigade

This is a rare surviving example of a “turned” entrenchment, used by each army and consequently facing in two different directions.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.319′ N, 77° 17.018′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from the intersection
Bridge crossing the trench line. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
2. Bridge crossing the trench line.
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. Keep Digging (a few steps from this marker); We Have Broken Through (a few steps from this marker); Keep Your Head Down (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Cold Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Stand Guard And Stay Awake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery (about 400 feet away); A Deadly Delay (about 400 feet away); A Bloody Baptism of Fire (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a sketch with the caption, Confederate infantry preparing defensive works
 
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.
A “turned” entrenchment image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
3. A “turned” entrenchment
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
4. Cold Harbor Battlefield
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 998 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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