Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Cold Harbor - 1864
At 4:30 a.m. they are ordered to attack the Confederate earthworks clearly visible across the open field. Most of the dying is over in thirty minutes. Unable to advance or retreat, the surviving Federals use spoons, forks, or bayonets to dig in where they lie, beneath a waist-high ceiling of fire.
Afterward the Union Army built the more elaborate entrenchments behind you. Ten days later, in secrecy, Grant abandoned the position to march on Petersburg.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 35.492′ N, 77° 17.177′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Anderson Wright Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the tour road in the Cold Harbor Unit of Richmond National Battlefield. 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. Grant's Grand Assault (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Earthworks Confederate Fortifications (about 800 feet away); Between the Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Reserve (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cold Harbor Killing Fields (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Waters Ran Red (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Lethal Occupation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. The lower left of the marker contains a picture of Union soldiers setting up camp. The right side of the marker features a picture of a field of dead and dying soldiers, with the caption “Seven thousand killed and wounded soldiers lay in the blistering sun between the trenches. ’Vain calls for relief smote upon the ears of their comrades at every lull in the firing,’ wrote Lt. Colonel Charles H. Morgan.”
Regarding Union Position. This marker was replaced by a new one named Grant's Grand Assault (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. Cold Harbor (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Cold Harbor. Richmond National Battlefield. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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 Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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 745 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on January 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.