Killing Fields

Killing Fields (HMN4U)

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

N 37° 35.129', W 77° 17.218'

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"The men bent down as they pushed forward, as if trying ? to breast a tempest, and the files of men went down like rows of blocks or bricks pushed over by striking against each other."
John L. Piper, 12th New Hampshire Infantry

At first light on June 3, 1864, over half of the Army of the Potomac rushed forward across a wide front. Theirs was a high stakes gamble. The risk: a frontal attack against well-fortified Confederate defenders. The reward: the prospect of driving Robert E. Lee's army into the Chickahominy River. On the Confederate and your right, a brief Union breakthrough produced hand-to-hand fighting. In the center, the attackers barely left the cover of their trees. On the left, brave Federal soldiers charged across open ground, only to fall by the hundreds. The Confederate line stood unbroken and remained intact until June 12, when the Union army slipped away. Cold Harbor produced numbing casualty figures: 13,000 for the Federals and approximately 5,000 for the Confederates during the two weeks of combat.
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HM NumberHMN4U
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Year Placed2010
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 3:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298071 N 4162283
Decimal Degrees37.58548333, -77.28696667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.129', W 77° 17.218'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 7.74" N, 77° 17' 13.08" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 507 Anderson Wright Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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