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

Bayonets Are For Digging

 
 
Bayonets Are For Digging Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
1. Bayonets Are For Digging Marker
Inscription. This covered-way, constructed after June 3, connected the main Confederate line behind you to the low ground in front. A South Carolinian stationed near here recalled:

To guard against the shells that were continually dropping in our midst or outside of our works, the soldiers began burrowing like rabbits in rear of our earthworks and building covered-ways from their breastwork to the ground below. In a few days men could go the length of a regiment without being exposed in the least, crawling along the tunnels all dug with bayonets, knives, and a few worn-out shovels.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.271′ N, 77° 17.289′ 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. Those People Stand No Chance (a few steps from this marker); Nowhere To Go
Covered Way image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
2. Covered Way
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Ultimate Sacrifice (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Waters Ran Red (about 400 feet away); A Lethal Occupation (about 500 feet away); Confederate Breastworks (about 700 feet away); Killing Fields (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Deadly Delay (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 717 times since then and 64 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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