Firing Blind

Firing Blind (HM1I6V)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 35.122', W 77° 17.213'

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The mounds seen here might be improvised mortar positions built by Confederate artillerists in June 1864. Normal cannon pits had fields of fire, often established by keeping the front parapet low or by building a platform on which the gun could sit. Neither feature is present here. Given the configuration of the pits, it is very possible that the Confederates placed artillery here at a sharp angle, with the barrels pointing skyward. A small powder charge and the correct elevation would convert field artillery into ersatz mortars, well suited to lob shells into the Union lines only 500 yards east of here.
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HM NumberHM1I6V
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298078 N 4162270
Decimal Degrees37.58536667, -77.28688333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.122', W 77° 17.213'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 7.32" N, 77° 17' 12.78" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Anderson Wright Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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