Springfield Plantation

Springfield Plantation (HMN53)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 34.437', W 77° 17.438'

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In 1862 this farmhouse was home to the widow Sarah Watt, her granddaughter, Mary Jane Haw, and a maid. It was a typical Hanover County plantation of several hundred acres with some 28 slaves who produced a modest income from grains, potatoes, and livestock. Around the house stood a kitchen, slave quarters, and other outbuildings. A series of roads, now abandoned, connected the Watt family to their neighbors and Richmond.

Their lives drastically changed on the morning of June 27, 1862. The Union commander selected the house for his temporary headquarters, forcing the family to leave. When Mary Jane returned after the battle, she found "the walls and roof were torn by shot and shell, the weatherboarding honeycombed by minie balls, and every pane of glass shattered." Inside, evidence of a field hospital was everywhere. "Now, from garret to cellar," she wrote, "there was scarcely a space of flooring as large as a man's hand that did not bear the dark purple stain of blood."
HM NumberHMN53
Year Placed2010
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297716 N 4161012
Decimal Degrees37.57395000, -77.29063333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.437', W 77° 17.438'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 26.22" N, 77° 17' 26.28" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6019 State Rte 718, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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