Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Pennsylvanians Stand Firm
As soon as they reached rifle range our men opened upon them such a destructive fire from the rifle pits and the old mill dam that they were forced back with terrible slaughter, the artillery keeping up the fire with shell when they were beyond musket range. Notwithstanding the fearful slaughter in the ranks the enemy renewed several times the attempt to reach the creek and force a passage.
Despite the odds, Confederate infantry made several desperate attempts to break through. No attack ever reached beyond the mill race. One Union observer credited success to, “a good position, plenty of artillery, rifle pits and last but not least the men were fresh, anxious and determined.”
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 35.769′ N, Touch for map. Marker is in the Beaver Dam Creek Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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 location. Leeís First Strike (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Creek Runs Red (was about 300 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Beaver Dam Creek (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Beaver Dam Creek (about 300 feet away); Site of Ellersonís Mill (about 300 feet away); Holding the High Ground (about 300 feet away); Historic Cold Harbor Road (about 400 feet away); The Confederates Attack (was about 400 feet away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. The lower left of the marker features a picture of Ellersonís Mill. It has a caption of “This April 1865 image looks eastward and shows Ellersonís Mill, part of the mill race, and the slope occupied by Brigadier General Truman Seymourís Pennsylvania brigade. Note the battle damage to the structure.” Next to this is a photograph with the caption “This photograph,
Regarding The Pennsylvanians Stand Firm. This marker was replaced by a new one named Holding the High Ground (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. Beaver Dam Creek. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Places To Go in Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Seven Days Battle. HistoryCentral.com website. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 864 times since then. Last updated on January 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.