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Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

11th Mississippi Monument

11th Mississippi Monument (front) image. Click for full size.
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1. 11th Mississippi Monument (front)
11th Mississippi
Infantry Regiment
Law's Brigade
Hood’s Division
Jackson’s Corps
Lee's Army
Northern Virginia

Dedicated 2016
In their honor

The men who carried this position were soldiers indeed
Stonewall Jackson on this field June 28, 1862
Nearing 6:00 P.M. on June 27, 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee sensed a critical situation in his stalled attack at Gaines’ Mill and ordered a last charge against the Federal line of General Porter’s V Corps above Boatswain’s Creek. Lee sent forward Gen. Whiting’s Division, consisting of Gen. Hood’s Texas Brigade and Col. Law’s Third Brigade. To the left of Gen. Longstreet s position.

The 11th Mississippi, attached to Law’s Brigade, pushed toward the ravine without firing and, with fixed bayonets, toward Gen. Morell’s First Division on the upward slope. A soldier in Co. K. 11th Mississippi, recalled “the famous yell was raised that sent terror to Yankee hearts, and a charge began that broke every line in front of the Confederates.” The Union line collapsed when
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2. 11th Mississippi Monument (side)
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the Rebels stopped and fired point blank into the exhausted Federals, who retreated up the slope toward the plateau near the river. Whiting’s soldiers on the high ground then captured the better part of two Union regiments and fourteen pieces of artillery near the Watt House.

The following evening, President Jefferson Davis visited the quarters of the 11th Mississippi and congratulated them on their victory, paying high compliments to their conspicuous gallantry.

Companies of the 11th Mississippi
A. University Greys
University of Mississippi
B. Coahoma Invincibles
Friars Point
C. Prairie Rifles
D. Neshoba Rifles
E. Prairie Guards
F. Noxubee Rifles
G. Lamar Rifles
H. Chickasaw Guards
I. Van Dorn Reserves
K. Carroll County Rifles

Men of the 11th Mississippi who were killed or died of wounds in this action

Pvt. Henry Anthony, Co. A
Pvt. Daniel O’Leary, Co. A
3rd Cpl. Robert Irvin, Co. B
2nd Lt. Thomas F. Nealy, Co. B
Pvt. Lucius B. Smith, Co. B
Pvt. George Matthews, Co. C
Pvt. Henry L. Shannon, Co. C
Pvt. James P. Wright, Co. C
Pvt. Leonidas W. Burnside, Co. D
Pvt. Bright R. Ham,
11th Mississippi Monument (rear) image. Click for full size.
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3. 11th Mississippi Monument (rear)
Co. D
Pvt. George W. Johnson, Jr., Co. D
Pvt. Allen J. Lowry, Co. D
Pvt. Wiley M. Warren, Co. D
Pvt. James E. Halbert, Co. E
Pvt. William J. Norwood, Co. E
Pvt. John C. Brown, Co. F
5th Sgt. Andrew V. Connor, Co. F
Pvt. Levi B. Windham, Co. F
5th Sgt. William E. Duncan, Co. G
1st Sgt. James R. Goodwin, Co. G
Pvt. Jesse E. Hardgrove, Co. G
Pvt. David B. Paine, Co. G
Pvt. John F. Cockrell, Co. H
Pvt. William K. Cook, Co. H
Pvt. Jack J. Dulaney, Co. H
Pvt. John Hellenthal, Co. H
Pvt. Samuel H. Irby, Co. H
Pvt. Robert T. Johnson, Co. H
Pvt. Walter M. McBee, Co. H
Pvt. George L. Reid, Co. H
Pvt. Patrick H. Sims, Co. H
Pvt. Charles J. Wilson, Co. H
Pvt. Alexander D. Pope, Co. I
Pvt. Joseph L. Davis, Co. K
Pvt. James H. Gillespie, Co. K
Pvt. Joseph S. Hoover, Co. K
Pvt. William F. Julien, Co. K
Pvt. Donald McDonald, Co. K
Pvt. Newton A. McMath, Co. K
Pvt. Ambrose M. Moore, Co. K
Pvt. Thomas T. Moore, Co. K
Capt. Pleasant A. Peebles, Co. K
1st Sgt. William W. Pennypacker, Co. K
Pvt. Isham Pittman, Co. K
Pvt. James H. Young, Co. K
Erected 2016.
Topics. This monument and memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 27, 1862.
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4. 11th Mississippi Monument (side)
37° 34.815′ N, 77° 17.436′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Memorial is on Watt House Road (Virginia Route 718) 0.2 miles south of Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6372 Watt House 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. Whiting's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); From Stalemate to Breakthrough (within shouting distance of this marker); Seven Days’ Battles (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Cold Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Powerful Position (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Walk in the Footsteps of History (approx. 0.4 miles away); We Must Hold This Line (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
11th Mississippi Monument at Gaines' Mill image. Click for full size.
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5. 11th Mississippi Monument at Gaines' Mill
The Federal line behind Boatswain's Creek was just beyond the treeline across the open field.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 823 times since then and 60 times this year. Last updated on June 5, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 28, 2016. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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