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Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Dreadful Harvest

Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail

 
 
A Dreadful Harvest Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
1. A Dreadful Harvest Marker
Inscription. 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 Grantís 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 enemyís 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.”
 
Erected by Hanover County Parks and Recreation, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.18′ N, 77° 16.605′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Cold Harbor Road (State Highway 156) 0.2 miles east of Boatswain Lane when traveling east. Click for map
A Dreadful Harvest Marker on the trail. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
2. A Dreadful Harvest Marker on the trail.
. This marker is located along a one-mile trail in the 50-acre Cold Harbor Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6005 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Gainesí Mill - 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); Preparation For Battle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Reserve Line (about 400 feet away); The Bloody Eighth (about 500 feet away); From Farmland to Forest (about 500 feet away); Scars of Conflict (about 500 feet away); Federal Artillery Battery (about 500 feet away); A Well Preserved Union Artillery Position (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hanover County Parks and Recreation. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Cold Harbor (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. CWSAC Battle Summary. Cold Harbor (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail. This marker is one along the walking trail around a portion of the Cold Harbor Battlefield preserved by Hanover County Parks and Recreation. (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,054 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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