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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

 
 
The Ultimate Sacrifice Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
1. The Ultimate Sacrifice Marker
Inscription. The losses sustained by both armies during the Wilderness to Cold Harbor campaign made the world shudder. Casualties by some estimates averaged 2,000 per day, and at Cold Harbor nearly 18,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured.

While Confederate dead were removed and taken to Richmond, Union dead were hastily buried in shallow trenches near where they fell. In 1866 burial parties scoured the battlefields, collecting the remains and reburying them just east of here. Today 2,000 Union soldiers lie buried at the Cold Harbor National Cemetery.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.217′ N, 77° 17.283′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Anderson-Wright Drive and Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156). Click for map. This marker is located along the walking trail in the Cold Harbor Battlefield Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5515 Anderson-Wright Drive, Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nowhere To Go (within shouting distance of this marker); Those People Stand No Chance (within
Cold Harbor Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
2. Cold Harbor Walking Trail
shouting distance of this marker); Bayonets Are For Digging (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Killing Fields (about 600 feet away); Cold Harbor (about 700 feet away); The Waters Ran Red (about 700 feet away); A Lethal Occupation (about 700 feet away); Read's Batallion (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a photo of Cold Harbor Burial Parties
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Cold Harbor (Submitted on March 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. CWSAC Battle Summary. Cold Harbor (Submitted on March 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Cold Harbor National Cemetery (Submitted on March 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Cold Harbor Battlefield Virtual Tour by Markers. This is one of the many markers along the walking trail, extended loop trail, and auto tour route in the Cold Harbor Battlefield
Cold Harbor Vistor Center Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
3. Cold Harbor Vistor Center Plaque
"I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made" Ulysses S. Grant
Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on March 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cold Harbor Visitor Center Display image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
4. Cold Harbor Visitor Center Display
The Battle of Cold Harbor - June 3, 1864. An overwhelming Confederate victory; a disastrous and useless Union defeat. “The time of actual advance was not over eight minutes. In that little period, more men fell bleeding as they advanced than in any other like period of time throughout the war.” Major General Martin T. McMahon, U.S.V.
Cold Harbor Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2009
5. Cold Harbor Battlefield
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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