Union Artillery

Union Artillery (HM9VX)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 34.412', W 77° 17.527'

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Porter posted his batteries intermittently along this ridge. Most of his guns were twelve-pounder Napoleons like the two here.

"The woods were full of smoke," wrote a Massachusetts artillerist, "and thicker and thicker buzzed the bullets." Soon the Confederate infantry appeared. One of the Federal guns fired a double charge of canister at 35 yards range, which "mowed their ranks awfully,"

It was a last salute. Thousands of gray-clad infantry swarmed up the hill and by nightfall had captured nearly two dozen of Porter's cannon.

"By the time we had gotten across [Boatswain's Creek], the front line, broken by our fire, frightened by our screams which sounded like forty thousand wild cats, had ? crowded to the top of the hill, thus preventing their artillery from firing into us ? We ran over their artillery, killing the gunners at their guns ? We paid dearly for this occasion, but they paid still more dearly, for their dead and dying lay so thick as almost to block our pursuit."
Edmund D. Patterson, 9th Alabama Infantry
HM NumberHM9VX
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 2:52pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297584 N 4160969
Decimal Degrees37.57353333, -77.29211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.412', W 77° 17.527'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 24.72" N, 77° 17' 31.62" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5450-5598 State Rte 718, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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