Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
June 3, 1864 — 18th Corps: A Disastrous Attack
“Everything is quiet…such occasions as this…try men’s nerves. Every face was more or less pale, but all had a determined look. Thus we stood, all ready for the charge…it seemed a long time to me, for at such a time with men’s nerves strained to their utmost tension, a minute seems an hour.”
George Place, 12th New Hampshire Infantry
General Martindale led a brigade when the Union army fought around Richmond in 1862. Just two years later, he commanded a division at Cold Harbor.
This aerial photograph shows the ground that Martindale’s two brigades had to cross on June 3, 1864. The Union soldiers advanced into ﬁre that converged from three directions. The green lines
Erected 2015 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Location. 37° 35.961′ N, 77° 16.752′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Beulah Church Road (Virginia Route 633) and Glenharbor Lane, on the left when traveling north on Beulah Church Road. 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. Cold Harbor: The Early Actions (here, next to this marker); The Armies Gather at Cold Harbor (a few steps from this marker); Keitt’s Attack — Morning, June 1, 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Reserve (approx. half a mile away); Union Earthworks (approx. half a mile away); The Cold Harbor Killing Fields (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grant's Grand Assault (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.