The Tramp of Marching Feet

The Tramp of Marching Feet (HM1I6U)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.122', W 77° 17.213'

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This deeply carved depression is believed to be a remnant of a Civil War-era farm road. On June 27, 1862, Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's marching soldiers mistakenly turned south toward New Cold Harbor on their way to the Gaines' Mill battlefield. One arm of Gaines' millpond, visible down this slope, stood in their path. Jackson recognized the error and reversed his course; otherwise his column likely would have crossed the millpond here and at a second spot not far to the west.

Two years later this road probably felt the footsteps of Confederate infantry from the 1st Corps, as they hurried into position on June 1 during the early phases of the Battle of Cold Harbor. The entrenchments they built that morning stood about 1000 yards east of here.
HM NumberHM1I6U
Year Placed2014
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298078 N 4162270
Decimal Degrees37.58536667, -77.28688333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.122', W 77° 17.213'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 7.32" N, 77° 17' 12.78" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Anderson Wright Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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