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

Springfield Plantation

 
 
Springfield Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 19, 2010
1. Springfield Plantation Marker
Inscription. In 1862 this farmhouse was home to the widow Sarah Watt, her granddaughter, Mary Jane Haw, and a maid. It was a typical Hanover County plantation of several hundred acres with some 28 slaves who produced a modest income from grains, potatoes, and livestock. Around the house stood a kitchen, slave quarters, and other outbuildings. A series of roads, now abandoned, connected the Watt family to their neighbors and Richmond.

Their lives drastically changed on the morning of June 27, 1862. The Union commander selected the house for his temporary headquarters, forcing the family to leave. When Mary Jane returned after the battle, she found “the walls and roof were torn by shot and shell, the weatherboarding honeycombed by minie balls, and every pane of glass shattered.” Inside, evidence of a field hospital was everywhere. “Now, from garret to cellar,” she wrote, “there was scarcely a space of flooring as large as a manís hand that did not bear the dark purple stain of blood.”
 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 34.437′ N, 77° 17.438′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Watt House Road (
Mrs. Watt image. Click for full size.
2. Mrs. Watt
Sarah Bohannan Kidd was born in 1784. She Married Hugh Watt, an Irish immigrant, in 1802 and was widowed in 1854.
Virginia Route 718) 0.7 miles south of Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156). Touch for map. This marker is located in the Gaines' Mill Battlefield unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6283 Watt House Road, Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Watt House (here, next to this marker); Seven Days Battles (a few steps from this marker); Gaines' Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Leeís First Victory: At a Huge Cost (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Pursuit (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Gaines' Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Artillery (about 500 feet away); Final Stand (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photograph with the caption, "Sarah Bohannan Kidd was born in1874. She married Hugh Watt, an Irish immigrant, in 1802 and was widowed in 1864."

On the right is a drawing with the caption, "Before the battle two of the Watt slaves carried the ill 77-year-old Sarah Watt from her house to a waiting carriage, while others placed a trunk filled with clothing and valuables on a farm wagon. This would be the last time Sarah Watt saw her home of
Watt House image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 19, 2010
3. Watt House
60 years. She sought safety with a nearby relative where she remained until her death in April 1863."
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled "Watt Family Farm" (Submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Gaines' Mill. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Gaines' Mill. Civil War Preservation Trust (Submitted on August 20, 2010, 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 August 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,069 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 13, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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