Union Rifle Pits

Union Rifle Pits (HMAPD)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 34.38', W 77° 17.7'

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These well-preserved rifle pits probably mark the far end of the Union line. The 16th Michigan Infantry or 44th New York Infantry likely built them on the morning of the battle to guard the western flank of the army. Although some Federal soldiers dug-in, none entrenched on this battlefield to the extent they did two years later at Cold Harbor.

"I am of the opinion now?that had our lines been better posted and entrenched?we might have been saved from defeat?.Two years later the Army of the Potomac could not have been forced to spend idle hours?without running temporary lines of defence everywhere."
Lt. Col. A. J. Warner
10th Pennsylvania Reserves
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297328 N 4160916
Decimal Degrees37.57300000, -77.29500000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.38', W 77° 17.7'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 22.80" N, 77° 17' 42.00" 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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