Read's Batallion

Read's Batallion (HMMQX)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.12', W 77° 17.194'

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These cannon mark the approximate position of a four-gun battery belonging to the Richmond Fayette Artillery, part of Major J.P.W. Read's Battalion that held strategic points along the Confederate main line. The battery supported General Alfred H. Colquitt's Georgia brigade on June 1, 1864, and took part in the repulse of a Union attack that evening.

On the morning of June 3, Read's gunners were again called to action. They directed an intense and accurate fire toward the advancing Federal infantry—part of General U.S. Grant's all-out assault against Lee's lines.

"few men fell until we reached within [eighty yards] of the enemy's first line, when they opened upon us with canister [and] grape hurling it into our faces and mowing down our lines as wheat falls before the reaper."
Lt. Eli Nichols
8th New York Heavy Artillery

"It was a country generally flat, with many small clearings, & thin woods, & scattered pines. No long ranges, but favorable to cross fires & smooth bore richochet firing-& I put in position every gun I had."
Brig. Gen. E. Porter Alexander
Chief of Artillery, First Corps
Year Placed2010
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 6:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298106 N 4162266
Decimal Degrees37.58533333, -77.28656667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.12', W 77° 17.194'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 7.20" N, 77° 17' 11.64" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6186-6188 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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