Battle of Cold Harbor

Battle of Cold Harbor (HMA70)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 33.954', W 77° 15.982'

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Flag of Truce

On 5 June 1864, two hot days after Gen. Robert E. Lee's bloody repulse of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's frontal assault, Federal Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman met Confederate Maj. Thomas J. Wooten nearby on Cold Harbor Road to initiate written communication on the plight of the Union wounded between the lines. Confederate Gen. A. P. Hill's trenches stood 800 yards west, and skirmishers' rifle pits survive only 200 yards away. Because Lee and Grant disagreed on terms, two more days elapsed before they observed a two-hour flag of truce. Only a few wounded Federals were found alive. The remainder had either died, crawled to safety, or been retrieved under cover of darkness.
HM NumberHMA70
Marker NumberE 130
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 2:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 299838 N 4160066
Decimal Degrees37.56590000, -77.26636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 33.954', W 77° 15.982'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 33' 57.24" N, 77° 15' 58.92" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5399-5447 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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