Marching to Cold Harbor: Victory and Failure, 1864

R. Wayne Maney

  • Marching to Cold Harbor: Victory and Failure, 1864

Grant's attacks at Cold Harbor were the climax of his dramatic overland campaign. After Cold Harbor, Grant disavowed his original strategy and reverted to traditional siege operations after his exhausted army failed to take Petersburg before Lee's army filled the trenches. Marching to Cold Harbor is a fast moving recreation of those first weeks of combat between Grant and Lee in the late spring of 1864. The reader is taken from the Wilderness and Spotsylvania to the strategic engagements at Cold Harbor, where on June 3, Grant ordered a charge as futile and more costly than Pickett's charge at Gettysburg. Keeping the focus on Cold Harbor as the culmination of Grant's offensive tactics, Maney's use of eyewitness testimony illuminates the enlisted men's as well as the officers' roles in the most savage fighting since Gettysburg. From this account, the student of Civil War history will understand the true meaning of victory and defeat.

"Maney has skillfully fashioned a narrative of the single bloodiest month of the Civil War. It is a well-wrought account of a campaign that never loses its ghastly fascination."

John Y. Simon, Editor, The Grant Papers

"In an intensive and highly detailed manner, Maney has dealt with the military movements of the Army of the Potomac commanded by Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant."

Civil War Regiments

"Marching to Cold Harbor is a well-written book that tells a dramatic and gripping tale. The author has a gift for descriptive narrative and does a masterful job of weaving first-person accounts into his story."

Civil War History

Book
Author R. Wayne Maney
Pages 280
Images 13
Maps 7
Bibliography Yes
Index Yes
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