Union Reserve Line

Union Reserve Line (HMAK6)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.238', W 77° 16.638'

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Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail

The Union front lines lay 325 yards west of here; reserve troops occupied this ground. These Union pits may have been a stop along the relay system that brought reinforcements and supplies to the forward line. Imagine soldiers huddled inside these trenches, with their rifles, canteens, blankets, and haversacks, waiting for the call to the front. "The baking down of the summer sun became intolerable," remarked one veteran, "that the line of men would canopy the whole trench with their blankets."

Overcrowded conditions, poor sanitation, and too few rations allowed sickness and disease to weaken Grant's army. Nearly 3,000 Federal soldiers reported to Union hospitals during the two weeks at Cold Harbor.
HM NumberHMAK6
Placed ByHanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298930 N 4162464
Decimal Degrees37.58730000, -77.27730000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.238', W 77° 16.638'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 14.28" N, 77° 16' 38.28" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6019 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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