Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan from 9 to 14 May 1864 led three cavalry divisions on a raid around Richmond. His forces severed vital Confederate communication lines, destroyed railroad tracks, and captured stores and supplies. On 11 May Sheridan's troops defeated Confederate Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart's cavalry forces at Yellow Tavern, and mortally wounded Stuart. The next day Sheridan's men fought Confederate forces while crossing the Chickahominy River at the Meadow Bridges, north of here. Once the Federals made it to the Hanover County side of the river, they passed by here to Mechanicsville and bivouacked at Gaines's Mill to the east.
Geographic Location: Hanover County
Physical Description of Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Located on Atlee Road, 0.75 miles north of the intersection of Atlee Road and Mechanicsville Bypass (Hwy 360). Marker is on the left when traveling north on Atlee Road.
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