From Stalemate to Breakthrough

From Stalemate to Breakthrough (HM28Z4)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 34.792', W 77° 17.431'

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Richmond National Battlefield Park

The largest battle of the Peninsula Campaign, Gaines' Mill, began here. On the afternoon of June 27, 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee''s Army of Northern Virginia reached the New Cold Harbor crossroads just 300 yards north of here. Lee spread his men across a two-mile arc and attacked. He hoped to drive the Union 5th Corps, commanded by Gen. Fitz John Porter, into the Chickahominy River. This was the second day of
what became known as the Seven Days battles.

The first several hours witnessed repeated and unsuccessful Confederate attacks through the woods on your left and across the fields on your right. They aimed at the Union line beyond Boatswain's Creek. Daylight waned. When the soldiers of Whitings division arrived here they provided fresh manpower
that helped the final attack get started. That last all-out effort stretched across the width of the battlefield and incorporated more men in a simultaneous attack than any other episode in Lee''s career.

To see more of the battlefield, please continue four-tenths of a mile down the Watt House Road to the main parking lot.

The final hour before sunset witnessed heavy action in all directions. The non-profit American Battlefield Trust prepared this map for Richmond National Battlefield Park. The Trust is responsible for preserving much of this battlefield

At least 12,000 Confederate soldiers fell killed or wounded in the extended field to your right. Gen. George E. Pickett was one of them. A Federal
bullet fractured his collarbone.

HM NumberHM28Z4
Year Placed2018
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297742 N 4161668
Decimal Degrees37.57986667, -77.29051667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.792', W 77° 17.431'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 47.52" N, 77° 17' 25.86" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6373 Watt House Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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