Grant's Grand Assault

Grant's Grand Assault (HMN50)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.53', W 77° 17.201'

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"We did not go far, only for six rods [100 feet]oon?by the lively use of bayonets, frying-pans, tin plates, and cups, we had a temporary protection, and the satisfaction of holding practically all the ground we had been over."
Oscar Waite, 10th Vermont Infantry

Cold Harbor is best known today for high losses among the attacking Union formations on June 3. The Sixth Corps made a small advance here, but most of the famous carnage occurred elsewhere. A few hundred yards to the north (your right), strongly entrenched Confederates easily smashed an isolated attack by the Eighteenth Corps. A mile to the south (your left) the Second Corps had nothing to show for its heavy losses.

If Grant's attack had proceeded exactly as planned, it would have been one of the most spectacular and complicated assaults of the war in Virginia. Instead, only three of the Union army's five infantry corps advanced across a three-mile front. Unconnected with each other, they fought individual battles and suffered separate failures. Lack of coordination among the attackers is considered one of the primary causes of Grant's defeat on June 3. Union soldiers occupied this line through June 12.
HM NumberHMN50
Year Placed2010
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 8:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298114 N 4163024
Decimal Degrees37.59216667, -77.28668333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.53', W 77° 17.201'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 31.80" N, 77° 17' 12.06" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 536 Anderson Wright Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23111, US
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