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  Battle of Cold Harbor
In 1864 the Army of the Potomac and a large part of the Army of the James formed a junction near Cold Harbor, a locality in Hanover county, Va., originally known as Cool Arbor, and the old battleground of McClellan and Robert E. Lee in June, 1862.
Sheridan had seized the point at Cold harbor, and the Nationals took a position extending from beyond the Hanover road to Elder Swamp Creek, not far from the Chickahominy.
Their loss in this engagement, and in the immediate vicinity of Cold Harbor, was reported at 13,153, of whom 1,705 were killed and 2,406 were missing.
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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Battle of Cold Harbor
The Battle of Cold Harbor was the final victory won by Lee's army during the war (part of his forces won the Battle of the Crater the following month, during the Siege of Petersburg, but this did not represent a general engagement between the armies), and its most decisive in terms of casualties.
Cold Harbor National Cemetery, established in 1866, is located on the site of the Battle of Cold Harbor, a clash that would be General Robert E. Lee's "last great battle in the field," and the only one Union General Ulysses S. Grant would regret.
Cold Harbor, Battle of, one of the bloodiest military engagements of the American Civil War (1861-1865).
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 Opportunities Lost, Battle of Cold Harbor
Cold Harbor was a white-framed tavern in a triangular grove.
Cold Harbor was an important crossroads to hold because it was on the line of the Federal extension to the left.
Anderson - Hoke - Kershaw at Cold Harbor
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 Battle of Cold Harbor - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Cold Harbor, Battle of, one of the bloodiest military engagements of the American Civil War (1861-1865).
The battle was fought on June 3rd, 1864, at...
Major battles fought between the North and the secessionist South.
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 Cold Harbor
Cold Harbor is about 3 miles north of the Chickahominy river and 11 miles from Richmond.
The arrangements were all completed by the appointed time and the skirmish line was about to advance for the beginning of the assault, when an order was received from headquarters to cease all offensive movements, on account of the general repulse on the left.
The campaign from the Rapidan to the James began with the battle of the Wilder- ness on May 5, and from that time until June 10, when the move- ment to the James was commenced from Cold Harbor, the Army of the Potomac lost 54,550 men.
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 Cemeteries - Cold Harbor National Cemetery - Burial & Memorials
The Battle of Cold Harbor (or Gaines Hill) occurred in June 1864, although cemetery burials were collected here from a 22-mile area.
During the late 19th century, Cold Harbor was designated a third-class cemetery, a rating based on size and activity (by comparison, Richmond National Cemetery was rated first-class).
The 8th New York Heavy Artillery Monument was erected in 1909 by the state of New York to honor the 219 members of this regiment who died as a result of the Battle of Cold Harbor.
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 Cold Harbor's brave men lost in fierce Rebel firing - The Washington Times: Civil War   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the realm of grand strategy, the Battle of Cold Harbor was part of the continuing effort by Union forces to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond.
Cold Harbor is a short distance from Interstate 295, a highway bypass that connects Interstate 95 and Interstate 64 in Southeastern Virginia.
The descriptions of the fighting on June 3 at Cold Harbor by survivors of the battle are all similar.
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 Cold Harbor is site of nearly forgotten Civil War battle | ajc.com
COLD HARBOR, Va. — Along a two-lane road that meanders east of Richmond, you still can find tracks of tranquil countryside, and pass by rivers and lazy creeks with names like Chickahominy, Powhite and Beaver Dam.
Cold Harbor National Battlefield lies off of Route 156 east of Richmond, and is one of several Civil War sites that today comprise the National Park Service's Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Union soldiers from the XVIII Corps and VI Corps participated in the battle at the Cold Harbor National Battlefield, crossing the park's wooded northern and middle sections, and the large open field by the Visitor Center.
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 [71.0] June 1864 (1): It Seemed Almost Like Murder To Fire On You
Cold Harbor was right next to the Gaines' Mill battlefield, where McClellan's plans had come unhinged two years earlier.
Lee was now as certain as he needed to be that the Army of the Potomac was shifting towards Cold Harbor, and so now the Army of Northern Virginia would shift on a shorter route and block the move, as it had the Federal advance on the Totopotomoy.
Unfortunately, Warren wasn't on the front line at Cold Harbor, and nobody there with the authority had the presence of mind to call back up the chain of command and point out that things were much different from the way they had been the day before.
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 Cold Harbor, VA June 1, 1864
With darkness the battle ceased and the Union Army having lost 2000 men bivouacked on the battlefield and in the rifle pits taken in the first assault.
The battle was sharp, quick and decisive….The Union Army was repulsed at nearly every point with great slaughter.
General Grant in his personal memoirs, (Volume II, page 276), “I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made….No advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained.
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 Battle of Cold Harbor, 31 May-3 June 1864
However, by Cold Harbor, both armies had been reinforced back up to their original sizes (although on both sides some of these reinforcements came from other armies).
After the Battle of the Wilderness his army rarely took the initiative, instead tending to wait in its defences for Union attacks.
This was to cost it dearly at Cold Harbor (and again soon after at Petersburg).
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 Chapter LV. Grant, Ulysses S. 1885–86. Personal Memoirs
Wright’s corps was ordered early in the evening to march directly to Cold Harbor passing by the rear of the army.
Smith, who was coming up from White House, was also directed to march directly to Cold Harbor, and was expected early on the morning of the 1st of June; but by some blunder the order which reached Smith directed him to Newcastle instead of Cold Harbor.
I would propose, therefore, that hereafter, when no battle is raging, either party be authorized to send to any point between the pickets or skirmish lines, unarmed men bearing litters to pick up their dead or wounded, without being fired upon by the other party.
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 JS Online: Remembering Cold Harbor
The battle would last 12 days and result in about 15,500 casualties, yet it does not invoke the sense of reverence associated with other Civil War battlefields, such as Gettysburg and Shiloh.
Some accounts of the June 3 battle note that 6,000 to 7,000 Union soldiers were killed in just 90 minutes; others say that the bloodletting took place in less than one hour.
At Cold Harbor no advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained.
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 The Battle of Cold Harbor (Second)
The battle was fought in central Virginia, 10 miles from Richmond.
Cold Harbor was a rural crossroads named for a hotel located in the area, which provided shelter (harbor), but not hot meals.
The Battle of Cold Harbor was the final victory won by Lee's army, and its most decisive in terms of casualties.
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 Cold Harbor by The Outlaws Songfacts
As a result, the 1862 battle is sometimes referred to as the First Battle of Cold Harbor, and the 1864 battle as the Second Battle of Cold Harbor.
The casualties of the Second Battle of Cold Harbor have been estimated at between 7,000-13,000 Federals to 1,200-2,500 Confederates.
At Cold Harbor no advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained." (Thanks to Henry Paul for speaking with us about this song.
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 Battery B, 4th U.S. Light Artillery - The Battle of Cold Harbor
Battles at The Wilderness (5-6 May), Spotsylvania Court House (8-21 May) and North Anna River (23-26 May) were largely indecisive.
With a large cavalry screen (1 infantry and 2 cavalry divisions - MG Philip H. Sheridan, commanding) to the front, the Army of the Potomac marched down (southeast of) the North Anna, crossed the Pamunkey River unopposed, and approached the Old Cold Harbor Crossroads.
Late in the afternoon of 1 June the VI and XVIII Corps, advancing west of Old Cold Harbor, were repulsed before the earthworks of the Confederate I Corps (LTG Richard H. Anderson, commanding).
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 Cold Harbor
He engaged Lee’s forces again at the crossroads of Cold Harbor.
Grant later acknowledged that his losses at Cold Harbor were far in excess of any military gain.
On this day federal troops lost 7,000 men against 1,500 Cold Harbor 1864 At the Battle of Cold Harbor, General Lee won his last victory over Union forces, numbering 108,000 against his 59,000.
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 Cold Harbor
Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864 stands as the fourth installment in a projected five-volume series.
Despite the criticism, Rhea ultimately illustrates, at least in the case of Cold Harbor, that every time Grant maneuvered or prepared to attack, Lee was always there waiting and well entrenched despite his own illness and the fatigue of his troops.
Cold Harbor presents provocative arguments that are certain to foster debate among Civil War historians.
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 Cold Harbor Battle Primary Source Work
Unlike generals McClellan and Hooker who thought of advances on Lee in terms of battles, the outcome of which determined their next move, Grant conceived of battles as means to a larger end.
The name Cold Harbor apparently comes from the old English usage of the word harbor as a place for travelers to rest; a cold harbor served only cold food.
Cold Harbor was to be Grant's third huge consecutive loss as Union forces slowly locked Lee into defending Richmond in mid-1864.
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 Wikinfo | Battle of Cold Harbor
Phillip H. Sheridan occupied the crucial crossroads of Old Cold Harbor, 10 miles from the Confederate capital of Richmond.
The Battle of Cold Harbor was the final victory won by Lee's army (part of his forces won the Battle of the Crater before Petersburg later in the year, but not in a general engagement), and its most decisive in terms of casualties.
The battle was fought over the same ground as the Battle of Gaines's Mill during the Seven Days Campaign of 1862.
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 War: Battle of Cold Harbor   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Battle of Cold Harbor, the third and final battle of United States Lieut.
The battle brought the toll in Union casualties since the beginning of May to a total of more than 52,000 as compared to 23,000 for Lee.
In fact, some accounts refer to the 1862 battle as the First Battle of Cold Harbor, and the 1864 battle as the Second Battle of Cold Harbor.
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 Cold Harbor Battlefield - A Photo Tour
On June 4, 1864, the day after the main assault at Cold Harbor, Federal photographer Timothy O'Sullivan made this picture of Burnett's Inn, the Cold Harbor tavern and home of Isaac Burnett, his wife Sarah and their 13 children, surrounded by Federal soldiers.
This crystal compote bowl with its cover lid may be all that remains of Cold Harbor Tavern (Burnett's Inn) after the Union Army carried away all items of value in 1864.
In June of 1864, General Grant’s army came on the premises (at Old Cold Harbor) and "swept it clean of everything in the way of supplies for man and beast," so spoke Martha Burnett McGhee, an eyewitness.
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Battle of Cold Harbor and Siege of Peterburg
The Battle of Cold Harbor was General Lee’s last victory of the war.
General Grant won this battle because he could extend his line toward the west so the confederates could not escape.
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Established in April 1866, the Cold Harbor National Cemetery contains the remains of Union soldiers who died in the battles of Beaver Dam Creek (1862), Gaines' Mill (1862), Savage's Station (1862) and Cold Harbor (1864).
The monument bears the names of 137 men of the regiment who were either killed at Cold Harbor or died of their wounds afterward.
During the Battle of Cold Harbor, the family huddled in the basement while the Union army used the house as a hospital.
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 Welcome To The Hanover Herald-Progress
Dixie Days drew a large crowd of history buffs and the just curious to Pole Green Park Saturday and Sunday, to witness reenactments of the Battle of Shady Grove Road, which was a prelude to the Battle of Cold Harbor.
The original 1864 battle's results were inconclusive, according to historians, with both sides sustaining about 1,100 casualties.
The operations along Totopotomy Creek led to the June 1-12 Battle of Cold Harbor, where Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Union troops faced Robert E. Lee's Confederates along a seven-mile front.
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 The Irish at the Battle of Cold Harbor -- The Wild Geese Today
The Battle of Cold Harbor, fought 140 years ago this week, has become a watchword for the futility and destructiveness of warfare.
Altogether, the Corcoran Legion lost far more men at Cold Harbor than any other brigade, North or South—900 men were shot down from its ranks in a half-hour that morning, accounting for at least a quarter of all the Federal losses in Grant’s assault.
Rhea, Gordon, "Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864," Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2002 — This volume is the best modern history of the battle.
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