Final Stand

Final Stand (HMT33)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 34.414', W 77° 17.542'

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Civil War artillery was a splendid defensive weapon, particularly when the battlefield landscape offered the gunners open fields of fire. At Gaines' Mill the woods plagued the Union artillery. Several gaps in the trees however, offered a direct line of sight toward the massing Confederate infantry 300 yards away. Along most of the line the Union gunners fired through or over the open woods.

During the battles climatic moments these Union gunners of the 5th Massachusetts Battery momentarily stopped their fire as retreating Union infantry poured out of the woods in front of you. When the advancing Confederates appeared the gunners blasted the Confederate infantry. The Southerners returned fire, leaving an astonishing carnage of dead horses and wounded artillerymen. The battery limbered up and moved to higher and safer ground behind you.

"?they rushed through the woods over the brook, now filled with dead bodies, closing their ranks as fast as our fire mowed them down?.The woods were full of smoke, and the bullets buzzed round our heads like a swarm of angry bumblebees?.My horse had a bullet in its flank and one sergeant's horse lay dead on the ground." Let. Charles A. Phillips 5th Massachusetts Battery
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HM NumberHMT33
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Year Placed2011
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 9:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297562 N 4160973
Decimal Degrees37.57356667, -77.29236667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.414', W 77° 17.542'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 24.84" N, 77° 17' 32.52" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6283 Watt House Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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