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

Cavalry Action at Cold Harbor

 
 
Cavalry action at Cold Harbor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
1. Cavalry action at Cold Harbor Marker
Inscription. On 31 May 1864, Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt’s Union cavalry brigade, operating under Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, advanced along this road and through these fields. Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee’s Confederate horsemen fought a fluid defensive battle, gradually withdrawing to a stronger position at the Cold Harbor crossroads just west of here. The Mantlo farmhouse on the north side of this road was here during the action. Later, before the Union army left Cold Harbor on 12-13 June, it erected a shortened defensive line of entrenchments, portions of which survive in the nearby woods.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O 68.)
 
Location. 37° 35.934′ N, 77° 15.679′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Crown Hill Road and Tall Cedar Lane, on the right when traveling west on Crown Hill Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seven Days' Campaign (approx. 0.8 miles away); Seven Days Battles (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Armies Gather at Cold Harbor
"Madison Estates" new homes... image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
2. "Madison Estates" new homes...
(approx. one mile away); Cold Harbor: The Early Actions (approx. one mile away); June 3, 1864 — 18th Corps: A Disastrous Attack (approx. one mile away); Keitt’s Attack — Morning, June 1, 1864 (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Seven Days Battles (approx. one mile away); Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Farm house on "Earthworks Drive" image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
3. Farm house on "Earthworks Drive"
Farm house image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
4. Farm house
Barn and fields image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
5. Barn and fields
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 792 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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