The Battle Begins

The Battle Begins (HMAP5)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 34.509', W 77° 17.583'

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Porter's soldiers rested their muskets across a make-shift breastwork of felled trees, bales of hay, and knapsacks. A Union soldier remembered "an ominous silence" that covered the battlefield moments before Lee launched his first assault at 2:30 p.m.

Union shells screamed overhead ripping huge gaps in the charging Southern lines. When the Confederates reached the exposed high ground across the creek, Porter's infantry greeted the attackers with "deadly and staggering volleys." Uncoordinated Confederate attacks at Gaines' Mill demonstrated the advantage of the defense during Civil War battles.
HM NumberHMAP5
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 11:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297506 N 4161150
Decimal Degrees37.57515000, -77.29305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.509', W 77° 17.583'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 30.54" N, 77° 17' 34.98" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7603-7605 State Rte 718, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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