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

A Powerful Postion

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
1. A Powerful Postion Marker
Inscription. General Porter held an impressive defensive position above Boatswain’s Creek. The first line of battle stood at the base of the hill to your front. The second line was posted nearby, and the third was along the crest behind you, where most of the artillery had unlimbered.

All three parallel lines of battle enjoyed clear fields of fire through the scattered, open woods. One Confederate considered Porter’s position “the strongest point I saw occupied by either army during the war.”
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 34.503′ N, 77° 17.523′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Watt House Road 0.7 miles south of Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located on the walking trail along Boatswain Creek in the Gaines' Mill Battlefield unit of the 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. Powerful Position ( here, next to this marker); Battle of Gaines' Mill ( about
A Powerful Postion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2009
2. A Powerful Postion Marker
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle Begins ( about 300 feet away); The Union Left Flank ( about 500 feet away); Hood's Attack ( about 500 feet away); Gaines' Mill ( about 500 feet away); Lee’s First Victory: At a Huge Cost ( about 500 feet away); Confederate Pursuit ( about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Regarding A Powerful Postion. This marker was replaced by a new one named Powerful Position (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Gaines’ Mill (Submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Gaines' Mill Battlefield Loop Trail. This marker is one along the loop trail in the Gaines' Mill Battlefield unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on February 26, 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 February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,063 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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