Mechanicsville, Virginia

Rural Plains, located on the grounds of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, Hanover County

Unincorporated area and census-designated place in Hanover County, Virginia, United States.

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Hanover County, Virginia

County in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Rural Plains, located on the grounds of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, Hanover County

The Chickahominy River forms the border of the county in the Mechanicsville area.

Battle of Cold Harbor

Battle of Cold Harbor by Kurz and Allison, 1888
Map of Southeastern Virginia
Union marches and operations in Central Virginia (1864-65)
Movements in the Overland Campaign, May 29, and actions May 30, 1864
Opposing commanders: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, at Cold Harbor, photographed by Edgar Guy Fawx in 1864; Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, photographed by Mathew Brady in 1865
The Burnett Inn at Old Cold Harbor (by Timothy H. O'Sullivan, June 4, 1864)
Positions of the armies on the afternoon of June 1, 1864
Cold Harbor, June 1
Makeshift Confederate breastworks at the extreme left of their line
Earthworks photographed after the battle
7th New York Heavy Artillery (serving as infantry) preparing to leave the trenches and charge the Confederate line, sketched by Alfred Waud
"Unburied Dead on Battlefield" by John Reekie; issued as Stero #914 being taken on the 1862 Battlefield of Gaines Mills aka First Cold Harbor April 1865; taken near the Adams Farm where 7th New York artillery was stationed June 1864 see Civil war Talk.
Cold Harbor, June 3
Union Coehorn mortars in action, drawn by Alfred Waud

The Battle of Cold Harbor was fought during the American Civil War near Mechanicsville, Virginia, from May 31 to June 12, 1864, with the most significant fighting occurring on June 3.

Seven Days Battles

The Seven Days Battles were a series of seven battles over seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862, near Richmond, Virginia, during the American Civil War.

George B. McClellan and Robert E. Lee, respective commanders of the Union and Confederate armies in the Seven Days
Seven Days Battles: map of events (left side)
Map of Southeastern Virginia
Map of Southeastern Virginia (additional map)
Seven Days Battles, June 26–27, 1862
Seven Days Battles, June 30, 1862
Seven Days Battles, July 1, 1862
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<center>Brig. Gen. Samuel P. Heintzelman</center>
<center>Brig. Gen. Erasmus D. Keyes</center>
<center>Brig. Gen. Fitz John Porter</center>
<center>Brig. Gen. William B. Franklin</center>
<center>Brig. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke</center>
<center>Maj. Gen. Stonewall Jackson</center>
<center>Maj. Gen. James Longstreet</center>
<center>Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder</center>
<center>Maj. Gen. A. P. Hill</center>
<center>Maj. Gen. Benjamin Huger</center>
<center>Maj. Gen. Theophilus H. Holmes</center>

The Seven Days began on Wednesday, June 25, 1862, with a Union attack in the minor Battle of Oak Grove, but McClellan quickly lost the initiative as Lee began a series of attacks at Beaver Dam Creek (Mechanicsville) on June 26, Gaines's Mill on June 27, the minor actions at Garnett's and Golding's Farm on June 27 and 28, and the attack on the Union rear guard at Savage's Station on June 29.

Henrico County, Virginia

Located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Varina Farms Plantation
Cannons at the site of the Battle of Malvern Hill
A soybean field in eastern Henrico County, VA. Though the county is one of Virginia's largest suburban localities, parts of it also remain under cultivation.
Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales

Richmond Raceway is in the central portion of Henrico County near Mechanicsville, just north of the Richmond city limits.

Battle of Gaines' Mill

The Battle of Gaines' Mill, sometimes known as the Battle of Chickahominy River, took place on June 27, 1862, in Hanover County, Virginia, as the third of the Seven Days Battles (Peninsula Campaign) of the American Civil War.

Battle of Friday on the Chickahominy
Alfred R. Waud, artist, June 27, 1862
"Battle of Gaines Mill, Valley of the Chickahominy, Virginia, June 27, 1862." Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985.
A.P. Hill's attack
Ewell's attack
General Confederate attack
"Unburied Dead on Battlefield" by John Reekie; issued as Stero #914 being taken on the Battlefield of Gaines Mills aka First Cold Harbor April 1865; taken near the Adams Farm where 7th New York artillery was stationed June 1864 see Civil war Talk.
"Unburied Dead on Battlefield of Gaines Mills" by John Reekie; issued as Stero #916 see Library of Congress.
Right handed version of preceding photograph Stero #917 <ref>Part of a series of unburied dead is at Civil war Richmond website</ref>
"African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed at Cold Harbor (by John Reekie; issued as Stero #918, April 1865).<ref>Library of Congress</ref> Note part of a series:<ref>Part of a series- Stero #919 is of Richmond VA is at Civil war Richmond website</ref>
"Virginia, Cold harbor extreme Line of Confederate Works" An April 1865 John Reekie photograph
An April 1865 John Reekie photograph of the Ruins of Gaines' Mill showing remains of a soldier's grave in the foreground
Ruins of Gaines Mills

A.P. Hill, James Longstreet, and D.H. Hill attacked from the direction of Mechanicsville.

Richmond, Virginia

Capital city of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Patrick Henry delivered his "Liberty or Death" speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, helping to ignite the American Revolution.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis
The White House of the Confederacy
Retreating Confederates burned one-fourth of Richmond in April 1865.
By the early 20th century Richmond had an extensive network of electric streetcars, as shown here crossing the Mayo Bridge across the James River, c. 1917.
The Richmond area, seen from the International Space Station in early April 2013. West is to the top
Richmond is often subdivided into the North Side, Southside, East End, and West End.
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Flooding of Old Manchester during Hurricane Agnes, 1972
Map of racial distribution in Richmond, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
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The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, dedicated in 1906
Watts Hall at Union Presbyterian Seminary
Richmond tobacco warehouse c. 1910s
Six Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Richmond area.
1936 entrance to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Carpenter Theatre
Thomas Jefferson designed the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.
Egyptian Building of the VCU School of Medicine (1845)
The Science Museum of Virginia, housed in Broad Street Station, designed by John Russell Pope
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Japanese Garden at Maymont
Richmond City Hall
Richmond's downtown Main Street Station

Major suburbs include Midlothian to the southwest, Chesterfield to the south, Varina to the southeast, Sandston to the east, Glen Allen to the north and west, Short Pump to the west and Mechanicsville to the northeast.

Jason Mraz

American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Mraz at Campo Pequeno (2009)
Jason Mraz performs at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut on May 17, 2006.
Mraz performing in Melbourne as part of his world tour in 2008
Jason Mraz in March 2009

Mraz was born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Chickahominy River

87 mi river in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of Virginia.

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Cannons that were used and are located at the Battle of Malvern Hill
Military bridge across Chickahominy

For its first 15 mi, the Chickahominy flows over igneous and metamorphic bedrock of the Piedmont, but soon becomes a Coastal Plain stream near Mechanicsville.

Overland Campaign

Series of battles fought in Virginia during May and June 1864, in the American Civil War.

Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, respectively, opposing commanders in the Overland Campaign
Sheridan's Richmond Raid, including the Battles of Yellow Tavern and Meadow Bridge
Union staff meeting at Massaponax Baptist Church on May 21, 1864. Grant has his back to the smaller tree with Charles Anderson Dana to his left, while Meade is seated at the far left.
Movements in the Overland Campaign, May 27–29, 1864, following the Battle of North Anna
Movement to Totopotomoy, May 25–28, 1864, following the Battle of North Anna
Battle of Haw's Shop
Movements in the Overland Campaign, May 29, and actions May 30, 1864
Battle of Totopotomoy Creek, May 30, 1864
Maj. Gen. William F. "Baldy" Smith
Positions of the armies on the afternoon of June 1, 1864
Cold Harbor, June 1
Cold Harbor, June 3
Cold Harbor, Virginia. African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle. Photo by John Reekie, April 1865.
Pontoon bridge across the James River
Crossing the James River, 12–16 June 1864.
Routes of Federal and Confederate cavalry to Trevilian Station, June 7–10, 1864
Sheridan's return to the Army of the Potomac from his Trevilian Station raid
Actions in the Wilderness, May 5, 1864.
5 a.m., May 6. Hancock attacks Hill on the Plank Road
6–10 a.m., May 6. Longstreet counterattacks
11 a.m., May 6. Longstreet attacks Hancock's flank from the railroad bed
2 p.m. until dark, May 6.
Movements on May 7, 1864; cavalry actions inset
Positions and movements on the Union flanks, May 9
Grant attacks, May 10
Grant's grand assault, May 12
Reorienting the lines, May 13–16
Movements, May 17, final Union attacks, May 18
Actions on May 23: Hancock attacks "Henagan's Redoubt", A.P. Hill attempts to repulse Warren's beachhead
Actions on May 24: Ledlie attacks Ox Ford, Hancock attempts to advance against the eastern leg of the inverted "V"
Stalemate: Union and Confederate positions May 25–26
Rodes's attack
Ramseur's attack
Actions on June 11
Actions on June 12
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After his men had rested, Sheridan brushed aside the remaining Confederate resistance in the area and marched his column to Mechanicsville.

Battle of Beaver Dam Creek

The first major engagement of the Seven Days Battles during the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War.

Fight at Beaver Creek Alfred R. Waud, artist, June 26, 1862
Seven Days Battles, June 26–27, 1862
Union defenses at Ellerson's Mill

The V Corps under Brig. Gen. Porter was north of the river near Mechanicsville in an L-shaped line running north–south behind Beaver Dam Creek and southeast along the Chickahominy.