Attacking the High Ground

Attacking the High Ground (HM1I1R)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23116 Hanover County
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N 37° 39.169', W 77° 20.733'

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Richmond National Battlefield Park

Totopotomy Creek separated the armies here between May 29 and 31, 1864. Twice the men of the Union 2nd Corps (Barlow's Division) charged down this slope. They hoped to cross the "deep morass" and seize the opposite heights. Darkness halted the first assault, on May 30, after partial success.

The next day heavier Confederate fire from rifle pits greeted the attackers. "The men fell like sheep," and the attack stalled. To the right and left of here, though, other Federal commands were able to establish permanent toeholds on the Confederate side of the creek. These troops shifted south toward Cold Harbor on June 1.

Lieutenant Robert Robertson's diary entry for May 31:

"As I went down the slope....I was struck by a bullet...and knew no more until I recovered and found myself lying on the ground, while my faithful horse was standing over me and licking my face....I thought I was dying, and never did the blue sky and green woods and field look half so beautiful as then...."
HM NumberHM1I1R
Year Placed2014
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 293085 N 4169883
Decimal Degrees37.65281667, -77.34555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 39.169', W 77° 20.733'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 39' 10.14" N, 77° 20' 43.98" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9097 Lunette Ln, Mechanicsville VA 23116, US
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