Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Holding the High Ground
Despite the decisive victory here, army commander George B. McClellan decided to withdraw this exposed portion of his force on the night of June 26. Stonewall Jackson’s Confederates stood poised to threaten the rear of this Beaver Dam Creek position. The first phase of the Confederate plan to drive the Union army away from Richmond by manueuver had succeeded, but only after a battlefield defeat.
“We were deployed at intervals of eight or ten paces, along the [mill]race….A brigade of rebels in close column charged madly down the opposite hillside….Rushing unhesitatingly across the narrow valley that intervened…they were about to ascend our hill, when one of our regiments…which lay concealed in a position near the base, arose and poured such a murderous volley into the rebel ranks that they broke and fled in dismay.”
A. F. Hill, 8th Pennsylvania Reserves
Location. 37° 35.712′ N, 77° 21.487′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156). Click for map. This marker is located in the Beaver Dam Creek unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7423 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Ellerson’s Mill (here, next to this marker); Historic Cold Harbor Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederates Attack (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Lee’s First Strike (about 300 feet away); The Creek Runs Red (about 300 feet away but has been reported missing); Beaver Dam Creek (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Beaver Dam Creek (about 600 feet away); Ellerson's Mill (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. The backgound photograph of Ellerson's Mill carries the caption, "Dr. John Ellerson’s gristmill served the community before and after the war. It stood as the most noticeable landmark along the Union line. Although the building is gone,
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Beaver Dam Creek, June 26, 1862. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “The Pennsylvanians Stand Firm” (Submitted on October 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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