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

A Lethal Occupation

 
 
A Lethal Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
1. A Lethal Occupation Marker
Inscription. From this advanced Confederate line, constructed after the grand Union assault of June 3, Lee’s sharpshooters searched for targets. They were near enough to the Federal line that enemy voices could be heard.

Between June 3 and June 12 constant skirmishing, artillery firing, and the deadly business of the Union and Confederate sharpshooters characterized the Cold Harbor fighting. Up and down the lines soldiers feared the work of these marksmen with their long range rifles. One Virginia artilleryman considered the sharpshooter “little better than a human tiger lying in wait for blood.”
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.319′ N, 77° 17.205′ 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. The Waters Ran Red (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Deadly Delay
Cold Harbor Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
2. Cold Harbor Walking Trail
(about 500 feet away); Bayonets Are For Digging (about 500 feet away); Those People Stand No Chance (about 600 feet away); Nowhere To Go (about 600 feet away); Stand Guard And Stay Awake (about 700 feet away); The Ultimate Sacrifice (about 700 feet away); A Captured Trench (approx. 0.2 miles 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 704 times since then and 81 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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