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New Signs At Mechanicsville’s Civil War Battlefields
Richmond National Battlefield Park has prepared for the Civil War Sesquicentennial observance that begins this year by sprucing up its battlefield exhibits with impressive new signage. Benefitting from these improvements are Hanover’s battlefields at Cold Harbor, Gaines Mill and Beaver Dam Creek.
All of the 20-year-old signs at the battlefields have been replaced with new signs which feature impressive artwork by top Civil War artists.
“We have three new pieces of art at Cold Harbor and three new pieces at Gaines Mill,” said David Ruth, superintendent of Richmond’s Battlefield Park system.
“At Cold Harbor we did the first one I’ve ever seen that shows what the Confederate fortifications actually looked like,” Ruth enthused. “You see the lumps in the ground today but it’s hard to imagine how they really looked back then.”
“The other thing we tried to do is re-examine the orientation,” Ruth said. We wanted people to be able to understand when they come to a site how it relates to other battlefields in the same campaign. Why is it important? What encourages me to get out of my car and what will I learn?”
RNBP will hold special events at the Cold Harbor battlefield on June 4-5 and at the Gaines Mill battlefield on June 25-26 this year.
RNBP has 13 sites in the Richmond area, five of which are in Hanover County: Cold Harbor, Gaines Mill, Beaverdam Creek, Garthright House (not open to the public but the County operates 50 acres around the house as a public park with walking trails) and Totopotomoy Creek. (Totopotomoy Creek is not open to the public year-round yet but will be once repairs are completed to Rural Plains.)
For more information, call the Richmond National Battlefield Park at 804-226-1981.