Cavalry Action at Cold Harbor

Cavalry Action at Cold Harbor (HMBHL)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.934', W 77° 15.679'

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On 31 May 1864, Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt's Union cavalry brigade, operating under Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, advanced along this road and through these fields. Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's Confederate horsemen fought a fluid defensive battle, gradually withdrawing to a stronger position at the Cold Harbor crossroads just west of here. The Mantlo farmhouse on the north side of this road was here during the action. Later, before the Union army left Cold Harbor on 12-13 June, it erected a shortened defensive line of entrenchments, portions of which survive in the nearby woods.
Marker NumberO 68
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 12:19pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 300372 N 4163717
Decimal Degrees37.59890000, -77.26131667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.934', W 77° 15.679'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 56.04" N, 77° 15' 40.74" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4544-4574 State Rte 632, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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