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

Firing Blind

Firing Blind Marker image. Click for full size.
November 28, 2014
1. Firing Blind Marker
Inscription. The mounds seen here might be improvised mortar positions built by Confederate artillerists in June 1864. Normal cannon pits had fields of fire, often established by keeping the front parapet low or by building a platform on which the gun could sit. Neither feature is present here. Given the configuration of the pits, it is very possible that the Confederates placed artillery here at a sharp angle, with the barrels pointing skyward. A small powder charge and the correct elevation would convert field artillery into ersatz mortars, well suited to lob shells into the Union lines only 500 yards east of here.
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 35.514′ N, 77° 17.626′ 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) when traveling west. Click for map. 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. The Tramp of Marching Feet (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Between the Lines (approx. mile away); Confederate Breastworks
Confederate cannon position behind the "Firing Blind" marker. image. Click for full size.
2. Confederate cannon position behind the "Firing Blind" marker.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Fortifications (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grant's Grand Assault (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Waters Ran Red (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cold Harbor Killing Fields (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bayonets Are For Digging (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. This trail side marker is part of the new 0.9 mile walking trail on the western end of the Cold Harbor battlefield park.
Also see . . .  Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on December 6, 2014.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on . • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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