Tag Archives: Cold Harbor

ECW Weekender: Cold Harbor Battlefield Park

Many visitors to the Cold Harbor battlefield expect to see the infamous ground of the failed Union assault on June 3, 1864. Unfortunately much of that land is publicly inaccessibly, though the National Park Service interprets a portion where the … Continue reading

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Preservation Groups: The Richmond Battlefields Association

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Bernie Fisher, president of the RBA about the history and accomplishments of the local preservation organization. The RBA was established in 2001. Julie and Bob Krick provided the spark as a small … Continue reading

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Preservation News: Cold Harbor

The Cold Harbor battlefield is the most popular of the many sites in the Richmond National Battlefield Park. This is probably due to several factors, which include the preserved earthworks (impressive) or the legend that 7,000 men were killed in … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part three)

(part three of five) I’ve been talking with Dave Ruth, who retired this week as superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield after serving there for 26 years. During yesterday’s segment of my conversation with Dave, we talked about the important preservation … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part one)

(part one of five) I recently heard Dave Ruth described as “the last of the great, old-guard superintendents.” For more than thirty years, Dave has made Richmond National Battlefield his life’s work, overseeing the park’s growth from 754 acres to … Continue reading

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On to On to Petersburg!

I don’t know about you, but for years, I have been anxiously awaiting the completion in Gordon Rhea’s epic study of the Overland Campaign. Knowing that the release of the final chapter was pending, I have been ridiculously excited for … Continue reading

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The Demotivational Colonel Hubbard?

After receiving orders on April 1, 1865, to assault the Confederate entrenchments at Petersburg the following morning, Col. James Hubbard assembled the officers of his 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery regiment, then serving as infantry, to brief them on the pending … Continue reading

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“Five Days of Awful Fighting”: A Brief Summary of the Cavalry Operations at Cold Harbor

Today, 152 years ago, Union and Confederate cavalry clashed northeast of Richmond at a place called Haw’s Shop. It had been a little over two weeks since the fight at Meadow Bridge, the last time the cavalry had faced each … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/4-4/10/16

Here’s another QotW from Phill Greenwalt: Lee supposedly said, “If he [Grant] gets there [James River] it will become a siege and then it will be a mere question of time.” Do you agree with this sentiment or did Lee … Continue reading

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Grant: “I should change Spotts if I was able, and could improve N. Anna and Cold Harbor.”

Cold Harbor remains a central lynchpin in anti-Grant mythology and a fascinating story in its own right. On June 3, 1864, alone, Grant lost nearly 4,000 men in a half an hour as the result of a single fruitless charge. … Continue reading

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