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Gaines Mill Battlefield
Road 718
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Voice: 804-236-3260

On June 27, 1862, Confederate infantry repeatedly assaulted the fortified Union line along Boatswain Creek, about one mile from the mill. By nightfall both armies had suffered a combined total of more than 15,000 casualties in the heaviest fighting of the Seven Days' Battles. The Watt House, built about 1820 for the owner of this mid-size plantation, served as Union General Fitz John Porter's headquarters.

A trail beginning near the house leads to the site where Texas and Georgia troops broke through the line and precipitated the Union withdrawal.

KAT'S VIEW

The grounds were heavily wooded. Trees, sticks, and leaves are everywhere. There are cannons and a trail through the woods where the soldiers marched and fought. It is a nice walk through the woods. The trail is pretty with all the plants and wildlife now. Not like it was in the war.



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