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

Confederate Breastworks

 
 
Confederate Breastworks Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
1. Confederate Breastworks Marker
Inscription. This remarkably preserved stretch of the main Confederate line saw little action. Although the land here was much less wooded in 1864, its occupants appreciated the partial shelter offered by the low ground. The soldiers took advantage of it to erect some of the strongest positions to be seen anywhere on the battlefield. The Union front line is 500 yards east of here.

Both sides were sensitive to the presence of Bloody Run, which flows just to your right. Grantís infantry had used the ravine to drive a temporary wedge into the advanced Confederate lines east of here on June 1. Notice that Leeís men built some of their positions to face south and cover the ravine, undoubtedly in response to what had happened earlier.

Please do your part to insure the continued preservation of these resources by not walking or climbing on the earthworks.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.361′ N, 77° 17.394′ 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 extended loop trail in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of
Confederate Breastworks Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
2. Confederate Breastworks
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. Confederate Fortifications (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Waters Ran Red (about 700 feet away); Bayonets Are For Digging (about 700 feet away); Those People Stand No Chance (about 800 feet away); Nowhere To Go (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Lethal Occupation (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ultimate Sacrifice (approx. 0.2 miles away); Between the Lines (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 Extended Loop Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
3. Cold Harbor Extended Loop Trail
Cold Harbor Battlefield Photo, 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 990 times since then and 59 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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