Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Tragedy of Cold Harbor

Remains of Confederate breastworks.
Cold Harbor Battlefield, Virginia

On June 3, 1864, the Union Army lost up to 7,000 men in less than an hour as they assaulted their heavily entrenched Confederate foes. General Ulysses S. Grant would later state, "I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made. I might say the same thing of the assault of the 22d of May, 1863, at Vicksburg. At Cold Harbor no advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained. Indeed, the advantages other than those of relative losses, were on the Confederate side."



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