07/13/2013Location: 5515 Anderson-Wright Dr, Mechanicsville VA 23111 Time: 3:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Richmond National Battlefield Park Contact Phone Number: 804-226-1981
Since the June 1864 battle of Cold Harbor, a conflict noted for assaults against entrenchments and horrific casualties, contemporaries and historians have called the Union General, Ulysses S. Grant, a "butcher." This 1.5 hour Ranger-led tour will take such claims as a starting point to discuss more broadly the importance of this battle in the context of the Overland Campaign as a whole, the evolution and repercussions of the "hard war" style of fighting, and the ways Cold Harbor changed how armies fought for the rest of the war. The tour also will encourage visitors to think about what it means to wage a "just war" and how nations at war measure the costs and benefits of military conflict.
Meet at the Cold Harbor visitor center. Please wear good walking shoes, prepare to do some moderate hiking, and bring water!