Cold Harbor: The Early Actions

Cold Harbor: The Early Actions (HM1PHI)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.958', W 77° 16.752'

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On May, 31, 1864, while the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia fought along Totopotomoy Creek, four miles to the north, Federal and Confederate cavalry gravitated toward the Old Cold Harbor crossroads. Following their victory along Matadequin Creek the previous day, the Federal troopers of Gen. Alfred T. A. Torbert's division pushed toward the important intersection from the east. Finding Old Cold Harbor defended by Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry division, plus elements of Gen. Thomas Clingman's infantry brigade, Torbert's men attacked and captured the intersection. With the crossroads in Federal hands, and reinforcements for both sides on the way, the fighting at Cold Harbor had just begun.

This section of the battlefield saw significant fighting on May 31, 1864, and for several days afterward. Confederate and Federal attacks took place over this ground on June 1, as both sides fought to gain advantage at Cold Harbor. On June 3, Federal soldiers of the 18th Corps pushed off from here in Gen. Grant's effort to break the Confederate line. Behind you is modern Beulah Church, rebuilt to replace the wartime structure that burned during the battle.

Hand-to-hand fighting at Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864, was just one of many very compelling moments in the famous battle.
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 298794 N 4163800
Decimal Degrees37.59930000, -77.27920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.958', W 77° 16.752'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 57.48" N, 77° 16' 45.12" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7253-7261 Beulah Church Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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