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

Read's Batallion

 
 
Read's Batallion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2010
1. Read's Batallion Marker
Inscription. These cannon mark the approximate position of a four-gun battery belonging to the Richmond Fayette Artillery, part of Major J.P.W. Readís Battalion that held strategic points along the Confederate main line. The battery supported General Alfred H. Colquittís Georgia brigade on June 1, 1864, and took part in the repulse of a Union attack that evening.

On the morning of June 3, Readís gunners were again called to action. They directed an intense and accurate fire toward the advancing Federal infantry—part of General U.S. Grantís all-out assault against Leeís lines.

“few men fell until we reached within [eighty yards] of the enemyís first line, when they opened upon us with canister [and] grape hurling it into our faces and mowing down our lines as wheat falls before the reaper.”
Lt. Eli Nichols
8th New York Heavy Artillery

“It was a country generally flat, with many small clearings, & thin woods, & scattered pines. No long ranges, but favorable to cross fires & smooth bore richochet firing–& I put in position every gun I had.”
Brig. Gen. E. Porter Alexander
Chief of Artillery, First Corps
 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location.
Cold Harbor Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2010
2. Cold Harbor Battlefield
37° 35.12′ N, 77° 17.194′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Cold Harbor Road and Anderson Wright Drive. 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 walking distance of this marker. Battle of Cold Harbor (here, next to this marker); Cold Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); We Must Hold This Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Walk in the Footsteps of History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ultimate Sacrifice (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nowhere To Go (approx. 0.2 miles away); Those People Stand No Chance (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. On the upper right is a photo Maj. Read with the caption, “Major John Postell Williamson Read, formerly Chief of Police for Savannah, Georgia, commanded nearly 400 officers and men and 16 guns at Cold Harbor. The unit suffered only seven casualties.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Readís Battalion CSA Artillery” (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Cold Harbor. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 549 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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