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

We Have Broken Through

 
 
We Have Broken Through Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
1. We Have Broken Through Marker
Inscription. This ravine played a critical role in the early stages fighting at Cold Harbor. On the afternoon of June 1, 1864, Thomas L. Clingman’s North Carolinians and William T. Wofford’s Georgians, attempting to hold this position, failed to occupy the low swampy ground in the ravine.

Union soldiers of the Sixth Corps took advantage of this weakness by attacking along the drainage and piercing the Confederate defenses. Southern reserves quickly rushed forward and drove back the attackers, sealing the break in the line. A new line was then built a short distance to the west.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.331′ N, 77° 17.017′ 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. A Captured Trench (a few steps from this marker); Keep Digging (within
Map showing the avenue of attack through the ravine. image. Click for full size.
By Noah Andre Trudeau, March 9, 2009
2. Map showing the avenue of attack through the ravine.
shouting distance of this marker); Keep Your Head Down (within shouting distance of this marker); Stand Guard And Stay Awake (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Cold Harbor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Deadly Delay (about 400 feet away); 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery (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 lower half is a map of the attack, Afternoon June 1, 1864
 
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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cold Harbor Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
3. Cold Harbor Walking Trail
The attack was from right to left in this ravine. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
4. The attack was from right to left in this ravine.
Cold Harbor Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
5. Cold Harbor Battlefield
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 779 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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