Preparation For Battle

Preparation For Battle (HMAK8)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.19', W 77° 16.68'

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On June 2, 1864, the night before the grand assault at Cold Harbor, Union staff officers passed among the battle lines issuing orders. One officer, Major Horace Porter, was in this vicinity when he witnessed a scene of foreboding. Porter recalled:

As I came near one of the regiments which was making preparations for the next morning's assault, I noticed that many of the soldiers had taken off their coats, and seemed to be engaged in sewing up rents in them. This exhibition of tailoring seemed rather peculiar at such a moment, but upon closer examination it was found that the men were calmly writing their names and addresses on slips of paper, and pinning them on the backs of their coats, so that their dead bodies might be recognized upon the field, and their fate made known to their families at home?Such courage is more than heroic - it is sublime.
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HM NumberHMAK8
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Placed ByHanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298866 N 4162377
Decimal Degrees37.58650000, -77.27800000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.19', W 77° 16.68'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 11.40" N, 77° 16' 40.80" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6019 State Rte 1547, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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