Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Pickett’s Brigade, CSA
Col. Eppa Hunton
8th Virginia Infantry
“On they went, down the declivity, their ranks being thinned at every step….Down the hill they went, across the narrow valley.”
Letter from a member of Pickett’s Brigade to a Richmond newspaper
June 29, 1862
“Nearly exhausted from exertion, I failed to reach the opposite bank of the ravine in attempting to jump it, and found myself in the bottom of a ten-foot ditch, and the boys climbing the hill beyond shouting and shooting like mad.”
Lt. William N. Wood
19th Virginia Infantry
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 34.449′ N, 77° 17.655′ 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
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Grand Assault ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Decisive Moment ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Left Flank ( within shouting distance of this marker); Hood's Attack ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whiting's Advance ( about 300 feet away); Morell’s Division, USA ( about 300 feet away); Union Rifle Pits ( about 500 feet away); The Battle Begins ( about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
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 1,113 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.