The Ultimate Sacrifice

The Ultimate Sacrifice (HMB18)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.217', W 77° 17.283'

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The losses sustained by both armies during the Wilderness to Cold Harbor campaign made the world shudder. Casualties by some estimates averaged 2,000 per day, and at Cold Harbor nearly 18,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured.

While Confederate dead were removed and taken to Richmond, Union dead were hastily buried in shallow trenches near where they fell. In 1866 burial parties scoured the battlefields, collecting the remains and reburying them just east of here. Today 2,000 Union soldiers lie buried at the Cold Harbor National Cemetery.
HM NumberHMB18
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 3:07pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297979 N 4162449
Decimal Degrees37.58695000, -77.28805000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.217', W 77° 17.283'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 13.02" N, 77° 17' 16.98" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2120 Anderson Wright Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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