Cold Harbor Battlefield, Richmond National Battlefield Park

Lakeside, Virginia

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Dug in at Cold Harbor, Confederate forces repulsed the Union advance toward Richmond in a protracted engagement that left 16,000 men dead. The victory amounted to a stay of execution for the besieged Confederate capital and later prompted General Ulysses S. Grant to confess, “I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made . . . no advantage was gained to compensate for the heavy loss.” Today those somber words are emblazoned on the battlefield’s visitor center. Earthen fortifications still wend their way through the now-silent woods, and an interpretive trail explains the grim reality of what in 1864 was a new phenomenon: trench warfare.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Richmond

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Richmond

by Nathan Lott (Menasha Ridge Press)

Dug in at Cold Harbor, Confederate forces repulsed the Union advance toward Richmond in a protracted engagement that left 16,000 men dead. The victory amounted to a stay of execution for the besieged Confederate capital and later prompted General Ulysses S. Grant to confess, “I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made . . . no advantage was gained to compensate for the heavy loss.”

Today those somber words are emblazoned on the battlefield’s visitor center. Earthen fortifications still wend their way through the now-silent woods, and an interpretive trail explains the grim reality of what in 1864 was a new phenomenon: trench warfare.

©  Nathan Lott/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lakeside
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30–45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Cold Harbor Battlefield, Richmond National Battlefield Park

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