Tag Archives: Cold Harbor

William Gaston Lewis

Another installment of the “Tales From the Tombstone” series. Been a hiatus, I know. Recently though, my career afforded me the opportunity to travel a bit, moving from one national park site to another. I was able to chart a … Continue reading

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One Company Against Two Corps

June 3 always brings recollections of the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor. There, at least 1,100 Union soldiers were killed and 4,500 wounded in a bloody attack that Confederates easily repulsed in less than an hour. (7,000 is the usual … Continue reading

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Fighting on the Same Ground: The 10th New York Infantry at Gaines’s Mill and Cold Harbor

Civil War soldiers oftentimes found themselves marching and fighting on the same battlefield multiple times. Veteran members of the 10th New York Infantry have a distinction of attacking the exact spot they had defended two years prior, both times as … Continue reading

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Myths and Misconceptions of Cold Harbor

There are certain battles which have a lot of misconceptions attached to them. Perhaps one of the most myth-shrouded battles is the 1864 Cold Harbor engagement near Richmond. Part of the Overland Campaign, it was at the tail end of … Continue reading

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Preservation Setback at the Haw’s Shop Battlefield

In a February 2019 testimony before a congressional subcommittee, American Battlefield Trust president Jim Lighthizer warned that “in the next decade, most unprotected battlefield land will be either developed or destroyed.” Sadly, just over a year later his prediction has … Continue reading

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Book Review: Six Days of Awful Fighting by Eric Wittenberg

In his newest book, Eric Wittenberg has turned his prolific pen to a topic that has been unfortunately overlooked: the cavalry operations around Richmond during the 1864 Overland Campaign. Gordon Rhea gave the subject some much-needed attention in his book … Continue reading

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Maine at War: December 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in December at his blog, Maine at War: December 2, 2020: Fraternity remembers Bowdoin brother killed at Cold Harbor Bowdoin College junior Edwin Rogers belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon when he … Continue reading

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3 Free Podcast with all the latest about Civil War Preservation

Not one, not two…but THREE podcast are ready for listening! Chris Mackowski chats with leaders in the preservation field, learning about new museum exhibits and exciting battlefield-saving opportunities.

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The “Absolutely Incomparable” Land at the Intersection of Gaines’s Mill and Cold Harbor

One of the most fascinating parts of Richmond National Battlefield is that the 1862 battlefield of Gaines’s Mill sits perpendicular to the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor—on the same ground. This week, the American Battlefield Trust announced a campaign to … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: American Battlefield Protection Program to Help Save 50 Acres at Cold Harbor

Just before the start of the year, the American Battlefield Protection Program – the arm of the National Park Service to preserve hallowed ground – awarded nearly $440 million to save vital acreage at the Cold Harbor battlefield. Just over 50 … Continue reading

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