Firing Blind

Firing Blind (HM1I6V)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
Buy Virginia State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 37° 35.122', W 77° 17.213'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
The mounds seen here might be improvised mortar positions built by Confederate artillerists in June 1864. Normal cannon pits had fields of fire, often established by keeping the front parapet low or by building a platform on which the gun could sit. Neither feature is present here. Given the configuration of the pits, it is very possible that the Confederates placed artillery here at a sharp angle, with the barrels pointing skyward. A small powder charge and the correct elevation would convert field artillery into ersatz mortars, well suited to lob shells into the Union lines only 500 yards east of here.
HM NumberHM1I6V
Year Placed2014
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
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
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Anderson Wright Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. This marker needs at least one picture.
  9. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  10. Is the marker in the median?