Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
— Richmond Nat’l Battlefield Pk – 1862/64 —
The Battle of Gaines’ Mill is notable as Lee’s first major victory of the Civil War. It also illustrated that direct frontal assaults, while costly, did not always fail. General Fitz John Porter’s Fifth Corps suffered 6,000 casualties in defense of this extended ridge, and Lee’s army sustained 9,000 causalities. Gaines’ Mill proved to be a landmark battle in several respects. It produced soaring confidence among
Touring the Battlefield
The site of Confederate General John B. Hood’s Texas Brigade’s decisive breakthrough point can be reached by following this trail. Along the way are surviving rifle pits, artillery positions, and a monument to an Alabama brigade that played a significant role in the attack on June 27, 1862. The historic Watt House, standing nearby, is not open to the public.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 34.464′ N, 77° 17.45′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Watt House Road (Virginia Route 718), on the right when traveling south. Marker is in the Gaines’ Mill Battlefield Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Gaines' Mill (a few steps from this marker); Seven Days Battles (within shouting distance of this Battle of Gaines' Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Watt House (within shouting distance of this marker); Springfield Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee’s First Victory: At a Huge Cost (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Pursuit (within shouting distance of this marker); Powerful Position (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker features a map of Richmond National Battlefield Park, with the location of Gaines’ Mill indicated. The bottom right of the marker contains a battle map of the fighting at Gaines’ Mill.
This marker was replaced by a new one also named Gaines' Mill (see nearby markers).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a Virtual Tour by Markers of the Gaines' Mill Battlefield Loop Trail.
Also see . . .
1. Gaines’ Mill. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on January 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Places To Go in Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Seven Days Battle. HistoryCentral.com website. (Submitted on January 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
4. Gaines' Mill Podcast. 8-stop, (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,422 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 7. submitted on February 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.