Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
On the morning of June 3, Read’s gunners were again called to action. They directed an intense and accurate fire toward the advancing Federal infantry—part of General U.S. Grant’s all-out assault against Lee’s lines.
“few men fell until we reached within [eighty yards] of the enemy’s first line, when they opened upon us with canister [and] grape hurling it into our faces and mowing down our lines as wheat falls before the reaper.”
Lt. Eli Nichols
8th New York Heavy Artillery
“It was a country generally flat, with many small clearings, & thin woods, & scattered pines. No long ranges, but favorable to cross fires & smooth bore richochet firing–& I put in position every gun I had.”
Brig. Gen. E. Porter
Chief of Artillery, First Corps
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list.
Location. 37° 35.127′ N, 77° 17.182′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Cold Harbor Road and Anderson Wright Drive. 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 marker. Battle of Cold Harbor (here, next to this marker); Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Read’s Battalion CSA Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); We Must Hold This Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold Harbor Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Walk in the Footsteps of History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ultimate Sacrifice (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a photo Maj. Read with the caption, “Major John Postell Williamson Read, formerly Chief of Police for Savannah, Georgia, commanded nearly 400 officers and men and 16 guns at Cold Harbor. The unit suffered only seven casualties.”
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Read’s Battalion CSA Artillery” (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. Cold Harbor. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
3. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 688 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on September 8, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.