Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Pickett’s Brigade, CSA
Col. Eppa Hunton
8th Virginia Infantry
“On they went, down the declivity, their ranks being thinned at every step….Down the hill they went, across the narrow valley.”
Letter from a member of Pickett’s Brigade to a Richmond newspaper
June 29, 1862
“Nearly exhausted from exertion, I failed to reach the opposite bank of the ravine in attempting to jump it, and found myself in the bottom of a ten-foot ditch, and the boys climbing the hill beyond shouting and shooting like mad.”
Lt. William N. Wood
19th Virginia Infantry
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 29, 1862.
Location. 37° 34.449′ N, 77° 17.655′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. 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. Confederate Grand Assault (within shouting distance of this marker); The Decisive Moment (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Left Flank (within shouting distance of this marker); Hood's Attack (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whiting's Advance (about 300 feet away); Morell’s Division, USA (about 300 feet away); Union Rifle Pits (about 500 feet away); The Battle Begins (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
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 1,243 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.