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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB12_confederate-breastworks_Mechanicsville-VA.html
This remarkably preserved stretch of the main Confederate line saw little action. Although the land here was much less wooded in 1864, its occupants appreciated the partial shelter offered by the low ground. The soldiers took advantage of it to er…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB10_the-waters-ran-red_Mechanicsville-VA.html
This sluggish creek is known as Bloody Run in memory of the violent hand-to-hand fighting that occurred here. Bloody Run flows east to west, winding through the woods. During the battle the brush-choked stream and its gentle slopes provided the…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB0Z_a-lethal-occupation_Mechanicsville-VA.html
From this advanced Confederate line, constructed after the grand Union assault of June 3, Lee's sharpshooters searched for targets. They were near enough to the Federal line that enemy voices could be heard. Between June 3 and June 12 constant …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB0Y_a-deadly-delay_Mechanicsville-VA.html
The Union assaults of June 3 failed on nearly all fronts. For the next three days, while Federal wounded lay untended between the lines, Generals U. S. Grant and R. E. Lee struggled over the details of a truce. On June 7, more than 100 hours after…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB0X_stand-guard-and-stay-awake_Mechanicsville-VA.html
This well preserved rifle pit is one of many that extended across this hilltop and along the entire front. It marks the most advanced Federal position in this sector, only 50 yards from similar Confederate pits on the opposite crest. Soldiers p…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB0W_we-have-broken-through_Mechanicsville-VA.html
This ravine played a critical role in the early stages fighting at Cold Harbor. On the afternoon of June 1, 1864, Thomas L. Clingman's North Carolinians and William T. Wofford's Georgians, attempting to hold this position, failed to occupy the low…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB0V_a-captured-trench_Mechanicsville-VA.html
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 ne…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB0U_keep-digging_Mechanicsville-VA.html
These trenches represent a dramatic change in battlefield tactics. When the two armies met on this ground in 1862, soldiers fought shoulder to shoulder; victory was often dependent upon the success or failure of a dramatic charge. By 1864 field…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMB0T_keep-your-head-down_Mechanicsville-VA.html
This shallow, winding depression is all that remains of a "zigzag" constructed by Union troops in June 1864. In trench warfare, soldiers dug ditches, called zigzags or covered-ways, to provide protection from sharpshooters as they moved from one l…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMAS2_the-cold-harbor-killing-fields_Mechanicsville-VA.html
The heaviest fighting on June 3 occurred at three separate spots outside the present boundary of the national park. You are looking northward toward one of those places. Two brigades of infantry from the Eighteenth Corps charged from right to left…
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