Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Cold Harbor Killing Fields
“The surface of the field seemed like a boiling caldron from the incessant pattering and ploughing of shot, which raised the dirt in geysers and spitting sands,” wrote a horrified Massachusetts soldier. Many of the terrible tales of Cold Harbor have their origin here: men being shot down so rapidly “that those in rear of them thought they were lying down,” and Union soldiers piling up bodies of dead comrades as emergency protection.
This ground—some of the bloodiest at Cold Harbor—is private property. Please respect it by staying on this side of the pond.
Erected by National Park Service
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 37° 35.641′ N, 77° 17.223′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on General Smith Drive (private) 0.1 miles north of Anderson-Wright Drive, on the right when traveling north. This marker is located along the extended loop trail in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of the 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 marker. In Reserve (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grant's Grand Assault (about 700 feet away); Between the Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Position (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Fortifications (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Position (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Breastworks (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Cold Harbor. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. CWSAC Battle Summary. Cold Harbor. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
3. Cold Harbor Battlefield Virtual Tour by Markers. This is one of the many markers along the walking trail, extended loop trail, and auto tour route in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on March 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,204 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.