“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)

The Tramp of Marching Feet

The Tramp of Marching Feet Marker image. Click for full size.
November 28, 2014
1. The Tramp of Marching Feet Marker
Inscription. This deeply carved depression is believed to be a remnant of a Civil War-era farm road. On June 27, 1862, Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's marching soldiers mistakenly turned south toward New Cold Harbor on their way to the Gaines' Mill battlefield. One arm of Gaines' millpond, visible down this slope, stood in their path. Jackson recognized the error and reversed his course; otherwise his column likely would have crossed the millpond here and at a second spot not far to the west.

Two years later this road probably felt the footsteps of Confederate infantry from the 1st Corps, as they hurried into position on June 1 during the early phases of the Battle of Cold Harbor. The entrenchments they built that morning stood about 1000 yards east of here.
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 35.528′ N, 77° 17.704′ W. Marker is in 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. Firing Blind (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Between the Lines (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Breastworks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Fortifications (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cold Harbor Killing Fields (approx. half a mile away); Grant's Grand Assault (approx. half a mile away); The Waters Ran Red (approx. half a mile away); Gaines' Mill (approx. half a mile 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 223 times since then and 72 times this year. Last updated on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photo   1. submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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