The Battle Of Cold Harbor


We visited the Cold Harbor battlefield site in Richmond, Virginia yesterday on our way to Nyack, N.Y. to do three weeks of revival meetings.

The Battle of Cold Harbor was fought from May 31 to June 12, 1864 (with the most significant fighting occurring on June 3), near Mechanicsville, VA.

It was one of the final battles of Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign during the American Civil War, and is remembered as one of American history’s bloodiest, most lopsided battles.

Thousands of Union soldiers were killed or wounded in a hopeless frontal assault against the fortified positions of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army. (These are the seven miles of trenches that you will see in the pictures.)

It was Grant’s attempt not only to defeat Lee’s army but, to capture Richmond , VA., which was the capital of the Confederate States.

Richmond was also close to Washington DC and the White House, another reason for its attractiveness.

On May 31, as Grant’s army once again swung around the right flank of Lee’s army, Union cavalry seized the crossroads of Old Cold Harbor, about 10 miles northeast of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, holding it against Confederate attacks until the Union infantry arrived.

Both Grant and Lee, whose armies had suffered enormous casualties in the Overland Campaign, received reinforcements.

On the evening of June 1, the Union VI Corps and XVIII Corps arrived and assaulted the Confederate works to the west of the crossroads with some success.

On June 2, the remainder of both armies arrived and the Confederates built an elaborate series of fortifications 7 miles long. (These are the seven miles of trenches that you will see in the pictures.)

At dawn on June 3, three Union corps attacked the Confederate works on the southern end of the line and were easily repulsed with heavy casualties.

The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of  fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.

Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other like-minded people, to get the victory.

Grant said of the battle in his memoirs, “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.”

This text from Wikipedia and my own thoughts, added.

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The Cold Harbor Battlefield site

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Emma, our tour guide, was an impressive young lady. A junior in college, she is a walking encyclopedia of Civil War facts. I love people that have an intense passion for what they do.

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Emma teaching us about the failed one month assault at Cold Harbor by Ulysses Grant and the Union Army against Lee’s Confederate Army. The Union Army was the blue line and the red line was the Confederate Army.

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Emma teaching us about the failed one month assault at Cold Harbor by Ulysses Grant and the Union Army against Lee’s Confederate Army. The Union Army was the blue line and the red line was the Confederate Army.

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Emma, our tour guide, was an impressive young lady. A junior in college, she is a walking encyclopedia of Civil War facts. I love people that have an intense passion for what they do.

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The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.
Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other like-minded people, to get the victory.

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The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.
Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other like-minded people, to get the victory.

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Casualties of war

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The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.
Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other likeminded people, to get the victory.

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The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.
Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other like-minded people, to get the victory.

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