Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Powerful Postion
All three parallel lines of battle enjoyed clear fields of fire through the scattered, open woods. One Confederate considered Porter’s position “the strongest point I saw occupied by either army during the war.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 34.503′ N, 77° 17.523′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County.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. This marker is located on the walking trail along Boatswain Creek in the Gaines' Mill Battlefield unit of the Richmond 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. Powerful Position (here, next to this marker); Battle of Gaines' Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle Begins (about 300 feet away); Gaines’ Mill (about 400 feet away); The Union Left Flank (about 500 feet away); Hood's Attack (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Gaines’ Mill (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Gaines' Mill (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
Regarding A Powerful Postion. This marker was replaced by a new one named Powerful Position (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Gaines’ Mill (Submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. Gaines' Mill Battlefield Loop Trail. This marker is one along the loop trail in the Gaines' Mill Battlefield unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on February 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,179 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.