Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—Richmond Nat’l Battleﬁeld Pk – 1862/64 —
Unanticipated obstacles delayed Jackson, and late on the afternoon of June 26, 1862, Hill forced a crossing two miles upriver from here and captured Mechanicsville. Hill’s success allowed Lee to transfer the troops assembled here at Chickahominy Bluff over to the northern bank of the river. Shortly before sunset, fragments of the Confederate army launched attacks just east of Mechanicsville at the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek, two miles from here.
Touring the Battlefields
This is the first stop on an extensive driving tour that mirrors the movements of the armies in the Seven Days Campaign. From here, you can drive across the Chickahominy River at the same spot where Lee and his divisions marched over late in the afternoon of June 26. Passing the little town of Mechanicsville, you
Right Panel: Chickahominy Bluff
”No one had any theory about the delay of Jackson, which was a cause of great anxiety…. Suddenly the lookers on … began looking with interest, and then Genl. Lee himself … joined then… [He] continued his observation for a few minutes, and then descended to the road. Advancing to Genl. Longstreet, he said ‘Those are [A.P.] Hill’s men, and then, in as quiet a tone as if he spoke of the weather, he said, ‘General, you may now cross over.’” - Major Joseph Brent, CSA Magruder’s staff
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 35.04′ N, 77° 23.263′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Mechanicsville Turnpike (U.S. 360), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the Chickahominy Bluff Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles Chickahominy Bluff (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defending Richmond (about 600 feet away); Seven Days' Battles Begin (about 600 feet away); Outer Fortifications (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. half a mile away); Hanover County / Henrico County (approx. half a mile away); The Chickahominy River & Seven Days' Battles (approx. half a mile away); Seven Days Battles (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Regarding Chickahominy Bluff. This marker was replaced by a new one named Chickahominy Bluff (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. Places To Go in Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Seven Days Battle. HistoryCentral.com website. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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