Issue 7: Spring 2001 page 8

Brush Clearing Underway at Cold Harbor Battlefield

The park's maintenance staff has been working hard this spring clearing vegetation in an effort to give visitors a better idea of the size and extent of the fortifications built during the June 1864 battle of Cold Harbor. For nearly two weeks the armies confronted one another and during that time over six miles of opposing earthworks and trenches were dug for protection. While many of these works still exist, the build-up of debris had obscured them from sight.

In the last month excess leaves and other litter have been removed from trenches near the tour road and staff has trimmed back brush and removed debris. An impressive section of the Union lines along the interpretive trail and adjacent to Cold Harbor Road is now open, revealing trenches that had been covered up for years.

The effort to restore and maintain an accurate historic appearance is one of the park's primary objectives. Visitors to Cold Harbor now have a wonderful opportunity to better view and understand one of the great battles of the war.

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