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The Battle of Trevilian’s Station

Having been fought to a standstill in front of Robert E. Lee’s lines at Cold Harbor in early June, 1864, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant decided to swing past Lee’s right flank, cross the James River and assail the rail … Continue reading

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“The Weather Was Intensely Hot”: Cold Harbor After the Fighting

After the Union attacks had subsided on June 3, 1864, the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac stared at each other across the open space that separated them. Men in each army strove to improve their … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Front

On June 4, 1864, Brig. Gen. John Gibbon, a division commander in the II Corps of the Army of the Potomac, wrote home of the previous day’s assault on the Confederate lines at Cold Harbor.

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U.S. Grant and the Shadow of Cold Harbor

At 4:30 a.m. on the morning of June 3, 1864, the II, VI and XVIII Corps commenced their assault on the Confederate line at Cold Harbor. One New Yorker recalled “as soon as the skirmishers were engaged, our artillery opened … Continue reading

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June 2 at Cold Harbor

The initial reports coming back to the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac on the night of June 1 were encouraging: the Federals had carried the first line of Confederate works. At the same time, reinforcements were needed on the … Continue reading

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The Union Assault at Cold Harbor June 1, 1864

All through the night of May 31 and into June 1, 1864, Horatio Wright’s VI Corps trudged along the dusty and choked Virginia byroads. They had been pulled from the Union right flank and ordered to march to reinforce and relieve … Continue reading

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The Road to Cold Harbor

The Union cavalrymen had deftly parried the attack of their counterparts the previous afternoon. Known as The Battle of Old Church or The Battle of Matadequin Creek, Brig. Gen. Alfred Torbert’s brigades had turned back a reconnaissance in force led … Continue reading

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Skirmish at Old Church

Following the Battle of Haw’s Shop, Philip Sheridan withdrew his blue cavalrymen to the southeast to the vicinity of Old Church. While there he was to protect the approaches to the Federals’ new supply depot at White House Landing on … Continue reading

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Recollections from a New York Cavalryman

May 29, 1864 was a day of consolidation for the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. Each side maneuvered into positions facing each other along Totopotomoy Creek. There was also little rest for the tired troopers … Continue reading

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Haw’s Shop in Pictures

On May 28, 1864, as the Army of the Potomac crossed the Pamunkey River, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan commanding the Cavalry Corps was given the assignment to protect the Yankee bridgehead and to report back on any Confederate movements. With … Continue reading

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