Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Gaines’ Mill - 1862
Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail
On June 27, 1862, General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates advanced south through here during the final stages of the battle of Gaines’ Mill. Union artillery posted on a plateau half a mile to your right dropped shells among the Confederates every few seconds. After several hours of inconclusive fighting, Jackson’s men pushed beyond here and helped to drive the Union army across the Chickahominy River.
Another part of the Gaines’ Mill battlefield, one mile west of here, is preserved by the National Park Service.
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1864.
Location. 37° 35.151′ N, 77° 16.612′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Cold Harbor Road (State Highway Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6005 Cold Harbor Road, 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. A Dreadful Harvest (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bloody Eighth (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scars of Conflict (about 300 feet away); Federal Artillery Battery (about 400 feet away); Preparation For Battle (about 400 feet away); A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position (about 400 feet away); Union Reserve Line (about 500 feet away); The Deadly Work of Sharpshooters (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. On the right is a sketch of "Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson."
Also see . . .
1. Hanover County Parks and Recreation. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. eHistory at The Ohio State University. Gaine's Mill (1862) (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
3. CWSAC Battle Summary. Gaines’ Mill (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
4. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail. This marker is one along the walking trail around a portion of the Cold Harbor Battlefield preserved by Hanover County Parks and Recreation. (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,433 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.