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

From Stalemate to Breakthrough

Richmond National Battlefield Park

 
 
From Stalemate to Breakthrough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 1, 2018
1. From Stalemate to Breakthrough Marker
Inscription. The largest battle of the Peninsula Campaign, Gaines' Mill, began here. On the afternoon of June 27, 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee''s Army of Northern Virginia reached the New Cold Harbor crossroads just 300 yards north of here. Lee spread his men across a two-mile arc and attacked. He hoped to drive the Union 5th Corps, commanded by Gen. Fitz John Porter, into the Chickahominy River. This was the second day of what became known as the Seven Days battles.

The first several hours witnessed repeated and unsuccessful Confederate attacks through the woods on your left and across the fields on your right. They aimed at the Union line beyond Boatswain's Creek. Daylight waned. When the soldiers of Whitings division arrived here they provided fresh manpower that helped the final attack get started. That last all-out effort stretched across the width of the battlefield and incorporated more men in a simultaneous attack than any other episode in Lee''s career.

To see more of the battlefield, please continue four-tenths of a mile down the Watt House Road to the main parking lot.

The final hour before sunset witnessed heavy action in all directions. The non-profit American Battlefield Trust prepared this map for Richmond National Battlefield Park. The Trust is responsible for preserving much of this battlefield
Gen. Pickett Wounded image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 1, 2018
2. Gen. Pickett Wounded
At least 12,000 Confederate soldiers fell killed or wounded in the extended field to your right. Gen. George E. Pickett was one of them. A Federal bullet fractured his collarbone.
landscape.

 
Erected 2018 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 34.792′ N, 77° 17.431′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker 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 in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whiting's Division (here, next to this marker); 11th Mississippi Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Seven Days’ Battles (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Cold Harbor (approx. ¼ mile away); Powerful Position (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Gaines' Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Texas (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Also see . . .  Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on July 2, 2018.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
From Stalemate to Breakthrough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 1, 2018
3. From Stalemate to Breakthrough Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2018, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2018, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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