Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Cold Harbor Battlefield
— Richmond Nat’l Battlefield Park – 1862/64 —
Although these fields and woodlots around Cold Harbor witnessed the determined assaults and bitter close combat customary to 1864 battles, they also saw the evolution from open field fighting to trench warfare. Here the peculiar boom of mortars and the menacing crack of a sharpshooter’s rifle came to dominate the front.
Cold Harbor Battlefield Tour
The 1.2 mile tour road offers good views of both Confederate and Union fortifications. A more thorough understanding can be obtained by walking the self-guided 1.0-mile trail that begins behind the Visitor Center. Cold Harbor National Cemetery is just east of here. The historic Garthright House is across from the cemetery, and a county park beside
Right Marker: You are standing on ground that saw action in two separate campaigns. The battle of Gaines' Mill occured on June 27, 1862, and was the largest of the Seven Days battles. Most of that battlefield is across the road from here. Two years later the armies fought here at Cold Harbor for nearly two weeks. Confederate General D.H. Hill, reflecting on this place, wrote: "It was thought to be a great thing to charge a battery of artillery or an earthwork lined with infantry .... we were very lavish of blood in those days."
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1864.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 35.103′ N, 77° 17.221′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Anderson Wright Drive, on the right when traveling north. Marker is near the Visitor Center in the Cold Harbor 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. We Must Hold This Line (here, next to this marker); Walk in the Footsteps of History (here, next to this marker); Read’s Battalion CSA Artillery (here, next to this marker); Cold Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Cold Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Read's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ultimate Sacrifice (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a battle map of the Battle of Cold Harbor. The upper left of the marker features a map of Richmond National Battlefield Park, with the location of the Cold Harbor Battlefield indicated. On the right marker is a picture of soldiers constructing fortifications at Cold Harbor.
This marker was replaced by a new one named Cold Harbor (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 NPS Cold Harbor Battlefield.
Also see . . .
1. Cold Harbor. CMSAC Battle Summaries webpage. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Cold Harbor. Richmond National Battlefield. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,799 times since then and 21 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week June 1, 2014. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.