A Captured Trench

A Captured Trench (HMB0V)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.319', W 77° 17.018'

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On the morning of June 1, 1864, Confederate soldiers of Thomas Clingman's North Carolina brigade frantically dug this trench. They anticipated a Union assault later in the day. Around 6:00 p.m. Federal troops of the VI Corps moved into position near Old Cold Harbor, a half-mile to the east, and with two hours of daylight remaining, received orders to attack. This would be part of the first Union assault at Cold Harbor.

Emory Upton's brigade of 2600 Union infantry attacked here. An intense, bloody battle ensued. Eventually Upton's men reached this earthwork and clung to it, despite repeated attempts that evening to retake it.

"At the first ray of dawn it [the work] was strengthened and occupied by skirmishers; and during our stay at Cold Harbor, which lasted until midnight of June 12th, it remained our front line?."
Theodore Vaill, Upton's Brigade

This is a rare surviving example of a "turned" entrenchment, used by each army and consequently facing in two different directions.
HM NumberHMB0V
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298374 N 4162628
Decimal Degrees37.58865000, -77.28363333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.319', W 77° 17.018'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 19.14" N, 77° 17' 1.08" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6140-6174 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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