Battle of Totopotomoy Creek

Battle of Totopotomoy Creek (HM1BJ2)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23116 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 38.756', W 77° 19.748'

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May 30 - June 1, 1864

Fighting occurred here and elsewhere around the Polegreen Church as part of the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek, spanning three days from May 30 to June 1, 1864. This ground lay between the opposing lines, and witnessed the ebbs and flows of fierce and constant skirmishing. Wounded a year earlier while resisting Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, Brigadier General John Gibbon led the 2nd Division of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock's II Corps in the fighting here. The Confederates probably belonged to two veteran divisions led by major generals Charles W. Field and Henry Heth. Some historians consider the fighting in this area to be a part of the renowned Battle of Cold Harbor because the balance of both armies had moved to Cold Harbor by June 1, leaving these troops as the northernmost anchors of the respective lines that stretched all the way beyond Cold Harbor.

In 2013, this two-acre property was preserved with the assistance of the Civil War Trust, and jointly financed with the support of the Historic Polegreen Church Foundation with a matching Federal grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service.
HM NumberHM1BJ2
Year Placed2013
Placed ByHistoric Polegreen Church Foundation
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 3:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294514 N 4169083
Decimal Degrees37.64593333, -77.32913333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.756', W 77° 19.748'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 45.36" N, 77° 19' 44.88" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6404 Heatherwood Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23116, US
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