Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Nowhere To Go
Thousands of men cramped up in a narrow trench, unable to go out, or to get up, or to stretch or to stand, without danger to life and limb; unable to lie down or to sleep for lack of room and pressure of peril; night alarms, day attacks, hunger, thirst, supreme weariness, squalor, vermin, filth, disgusting odors everywhere, the weary night succeeded by the yet more weary day; the first glance over the way at day dawn bringing the sharpshooter’s bullet singing past your ear or smashing through your skull, a man’s life is often exacted as the price of a cup of water from the spring.
Erected by 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 1791.
Location. 37° 35.244′ N, 77° 17.298′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Anderson-Wright Drive and Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5515 Anderson-Wright Drive, 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. Those People Stand No Chance (within shouting distance of this marker); Bayonets Are For Digging (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ultimate Sacrifice (within shouting distance of this marker); The Waters Ran Red (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Lethal Occupation (about 600 feet away); Killing Fields (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cold Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Breastworks (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Cold Harbor (Submitted on March 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. CWSAC Battle Summary. Cold Harbor (Submitted on March 9, 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 March 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,044 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.