Here are some highlights of our North Anna to Cold Harbor tour. This field trip started at Massaponax Church where the Spotsylvania trip ended. We drove to North Anna Battlefield Park near Doswell, stopped at some of the key points of the Overland Campaign, and ended at Cold Harbor Battlefield and National Cemetery.
In May of 1864, the Union was attacking Lee's Army at several fronts: at Bermuda Hundred and Drewry's Bluff, in the Shenandoah Valley (see our New Market tour), and at what now call Grant's Overland Campaign. We had already visited the Overland Campaign battlefields of Wilderness and Spotsylvania. Now we followed Grant and Lee closer to Richmond.
The Overland Campaign can be seen as a series of turning movements, forcing Lee southward and leading to the fall of Richmond. Even though Grant lost some significant battles, he made progress. The heavy losses suffered by the Union were less percentage-wise than the losses suffered by the Confederacy.
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|North Anna Battlefield - Here a Union attack was repulsed. Grant then moved southeast|
|Hanover Junction||Yellow Tavern, where J.E.B. Stuart fell|
|View of Haw's Shop Battlefield - site of cavalry battle||Enon Church|
Overview: The Overland Campaign
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