A Dreadful Harvest

A Dreadful Harvest (HMAK4)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 35.18', W 77° 16.605'

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Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail

The grim drama at Cold Harbor cost some 13,000 Federals and nearly 5,0000 Confederates killed, wounded, or captured. Southern morale soared after the battle, while Grant's men were embittered by the lopsided defeat. One Union officer wrote that it was "a murderous engagement" because "we were recklessly ordered to assault the enemy's entrenchments."

The gallantry of the Union soldiers at Cold Harbor is a powerful testament to their commitment. "This is a pretty hard way of living," admitted one Northerner, "but then if it will put down this wicked rebellion I am willing to live this way all summer."

Vacating the Cold Harbor trenches on June 12, 1864, Grant out-flanked Lee by moving to Petersburg, pinning the Confederates to the Petersburg and Richmond defense. Lee had feared such a situation, predicting that "it will be a mere question of time."
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HM NumberHMAK4
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Placed ByHanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 4:09am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298976 N 4162356
Decimal Degrees37.58633333, -77.27675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.18', W 77° 16.605'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 10.80" N, 77° 16' 36.30" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5763 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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