“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Battle of Totopotomoy Creek

May 30 - June 1, 1864

Battle of Totopotomoy Creek Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, October 23, 2013
1. Battle of Totopotomoy Creek Marker
Inscription. Fighting occurred here and elsewhere around the Polegreen Church as part of the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek, spanning three days from May 30 to June 1, 1864. This ground lay between the opposing lines, and witnessed the ebbs and flows of fierce and constant skirmishing. Wounded a year earlier while resisting Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, Brigadier General John Gibbon led the 2nd Division of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock's II Corps in the fighting here. The Confederates probably belonged to two veteran divisions led by major generals Charles W. Field and Henry Heth. Some historians consider the fighting in this area to be a part of the renowned Battle of Cold Harbor because the balance of both armies had moved to Cold Harbor by June 1, leaving these troops as the northernmost anchors of the respective lines that stretched all the way beyond Cold Harbor.

In 2013, this two-acre property was preserved with the assistance of the Civil War Trust, and jointly financed with the support of the Historic Polegreen Church Foundation with a matching Federal grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service.
Erected 2013 by Historic Polegreen Church Foundation.
Location. 37° 38.756′ 
Battle of Totopotomoy Creek Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, October 23, 2013
2. Battle of Totopotomoy Creek Marker
The house will eventually be removed.
N, 77° 19.748′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Heatherwood Drive (Virginia Route 1750) 0.1 miles east of Rural Point Road (Virginia Route 643), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6404 Heatherwood Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23116, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Polegreen Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Polegreen Story (about 300 feet away); Welcome to Historic Polegreen Church (about 300 feet away); Polegreen Church (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Polegreen Church (about 500 feet away); Site of Polegreen (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Polegreen Church (about 500 feet away); 36th Wisconsin (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Polegreen Church Foundation. (Submitted on October 23, 2013.)
2. Civil War Trust. (Submitted on October 23, 2013.)
Categories. War, US Civil
View towards Rural Point Road (facing west) Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, October 23, 2013
3. View towards Rural Point Road (facing west)
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,028 times since then. 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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