Federal Artillery Battery

Federal Artillery Battery (HMAKB)

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

N 37° 35.101', W 77° 16.648'

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Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail

Under the cover of night, Union artillerists left their horses at the foot of the hill behind you and dragged six rifled cannon up the slope by hand. The guns were then placed side by side inside this redoubt, with earthen mounds known as traverses, separating them for protection. The ammunition chests were carried behind the guns and placed in trenches dug for their protection. One artilleryman recalled that spare ammunition was wrapped in raincoats and placed near the guns.

This hill afforded Federal gunners a commanding view of the fields stretching past the Garthright House to the Confederate lines, 500 yards to the west. As part of the bombardment preceding the Union assault of June 3, this battery hurled shot and shell at Lee's trenches. Most of Grant's ordnance either fell short or flew harmlessly over the Confederate works.
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HM NumberHMAKB
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Placed ByHanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 1:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298909 N 4162211
Decimal Degrees37.58501667, -77.27746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.101', W 77° 16.648'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 6.06" N, 77° 16' 38.88" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6432 Boatswain Ln, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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