#68 The Will to Win Cold Harbor, Virginia June 3, 1864

Cold Harbor, Va. June 3, 1864


General Lee's men fought heroically and succeeded in forcing the Northern Army to turn and retreat after its unsuccessful attack at Cold Harbor today. The Union defeat was blamed on the delay of the attack when some Northern officers misunderstood Grant's orders. The 24 hour delay in the Union attack allowed General Lee's Army to prepare themselves. When the Northern soldiers finally launched their invasion, the Confederates blasted Grant's attack apart. During the first half hour of battle, 7,000 Union casualties fell under the fire. Trying desperately to hold Cold Harbor, General Grant had his troops pull back and then attack again. The maneuver failed to fool the Confederate soldiers who only continued their deadly fire.