Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
They "madly plunged" into Boatswain's Creek and shattered Porter's lines. Charging up the steep bank, one Texan remembered slaughtering "the retreating devils as they scampered up the hill." Hood's assault broke the Federal line here; other Confederates elsewhere along the creek carried the hill simultaneously.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 34.453′ N, 77° 17.596′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Watt House Road 0.7 miles south of Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located on the walking trail along Boatswain Creek in the Gaines' Mill Battlefield unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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. Whiting's Advance (a few steps from this marker); The Union Left Flank Confederate Grand Assault (within shouting distance of this marker); Pickett’s Brigade, CSA (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Decisive Moment (about 300 feet away); The Federal Collapse (about 300 feet away); The Battle Begins (about 300 feet away); Final Stand (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. On the lower panel is a map depicting Hood's assault with the caption, "The Confederate successes in the early evening ruined Porter's position and ultimately forced the last Union troops back across the Chickahominy."
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Gaines’ Mill (Submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. John Bell Hood Historical Society. (Submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Gaines' Mill Battlefield Loop Trail. This marker is one along the loop trail in the Gaines' (Submitted on February 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,036 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.