The Armies Gather at Cold Harbor

The Armies Gather at Cold Harbor (HM1PHH)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.951', W 77° 16.751'

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Afternoon — June 1, 1864

Following the Federal cavalry's successful defense of the Old Cold Harbor Crossroads against Confederate infantry attacks on the morning of June 1, 1864, hard marching soldiers of the 6th Corps and 18th Corps arrived to solidify the Union army's hold on the strategic intersection. By late afternoon these two corps, totaling roughly 30,000 men, launched an attack against the Confederate line. The 18th Corps deployed around Beulah Church and attacked to the west. Brig. Gen. William T. H. Brooks' division advanced across this ground under fire, toward Confederates defending hastily built earthworks 600 yards ahead of you. Fighting raged into the darkness that night.

The Federal assault on the afternoon of June 1, 1864, temporarily broke the Confederate line and emboldened General Grant to try another assault at Cold Harbor on June 3.

Combat artist William Waud sketched the June 1 action in this vicinity.
Year Placed2015
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at 9:05am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298795 N 4163787
Decimal Degrees37.59918333, -77.27918333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.951', W 77° 16.751'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 57.06" N, 77° 16' 45.06" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7253-7261 Beulah Church Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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