Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Creek Runs Red
Beaver Dam Creek – 1862
June 26, 1962
On this ground raged the heaviest fighting of the battle of Beaver Dam Creek. Fourteen Union cannon on the ridge beyond the creek blasted Dorsey Pender’s and Roswell Ripley’s Confederates as they charged across the fields behind you. Federal infantry – Pennsylvanians shielded by earthworks and a mill race – ravaged they gray lines with bullets as they waded into the waist-deep stream. “To take the works,” wrote a Southern officer, “was impossible.”
Confederate attacks along a two-mile front failed to dislodge the Federals from behind Beaver Dam Creek; instead, one Confederate said the bottomland turned into a “valley of death.” McClellan rightly claimed Union victory, but still he ordered Fitz John Porter’s troops to withdraw. The next morning the Federals dug in around Gaines Mill, five miles to the east. Lee’s Confederates would follow, bringing on the bloodiest battle of the campaign.
Casualties: Confederate 1,484. Union, 361.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 37° 35.739′ N, 77° 21.545′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in the Beaver Dam Creek Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker was 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. Lee’s First Strike (here, next to this marker); Beaver Dam Creek (a few steps from this marker); The Confederates Attack (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Historic Cold Harbor Road (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Beaver Dam Creek (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Holding the High Ground (about 300 feet away); Site of Ellerson’s Mill (about 300 feet away); Ellerson's Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. The right of the marker features a picture of soldiers fighting at Beaver Dam Creek.
This marker has been replaced by a nearby marker titled, "Lee's First Strike."
Also see . . .
1. Beaver Dam Creek. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Places To Go in Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Seven Days Battle. HistoryCentral.com website. (Submitted on January 2, 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 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,151 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on December 20, 2014. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.