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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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Camp at Mangohick Church

Established when Virginia was still a British colony, Mangohick Church lay in the middle of the Army of the Potomac’s line of march to the Pamunkey River. As the Federals began their trek, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. … Continue reading

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On the Road to Guiney Station

You’re trying to burn down my house, the old codger snapped. Ulysses S. Grant looked up from his cigar. Its ashy tip had just flaked off into a small pile onto the floor of the porch where he sat. His … Continue reading

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Grant’s Command Post

From this knoll, west of the intersection of State Routes 3  and 20 and just out of sight from the highway, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant oversaw his first battle in the Eastern Theater. Horace Porter, one of Grant’s staffers wrote after … Continue reading

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Grant the Butcher?

Although saddled with the reputation of “Grant the Butcher,” Ulysses S. Grant was hardly unmoved by the butchery around him. An incident in the Wilderness, relayed by Grant’s chief of staff, John Rawlins, to biographer James Wilson (Federal cavalryman and … Continue reading

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