This Week in the Civil War - #844
At Cold Harbor, Virginia with Grant’s forces scarcely eight miles from Richmond, the Army of the Potomac frontally attacked Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at 4:30 am on Friday, June 3, 1864. In a headlong attempt to crush the Confederate line, a human wall of Union troops advanced. In less than an hour, some 7000 Union troops were either killed or wounded in one of the bloodiest engagements of the Civil War. By noon Grant called off his entire attack. He would later proclaim that Cold Harbor was his greatest regret of the entire Civil War. Grant’s critics would proclaim him a butcher of men, and even his staunchest supporters had to acknowledge the massive casualties which his army endured in the past month since he started his drive to Richmond.