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Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864

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Gordon Rhea's gripping fourth volume on the spring 1864 campaign-which pitted Ulysses S. Grant against Robert E. Lee for the first time in the Civil War-vividly re-creates the battles and maneuvers from the stalemate on the North Anna River through the Cold Harbor offensive. Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864 showcases Rhea's tenacious research which elicits s ...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Louisiana State University Press (first published September 2002)
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Christopher H.
Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June3, 1864 is the final volume in Gordon Rhea’s brilliant series of four books describing the “Overland Campaign” of U.S. Grant and the Union Army of the Potomac against Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the spring and summer of 1864. This book picks up with the two armies maneuvering from their stand at the North Anna River crossings, and Grant’s efforts to continue to sidle south around Lee’s right flank and interpose the Union arm ...more
Josh Liller
The fourth and, for now, final volume in Rhea's Overland Campaign series. This book covers the disengagement of Grant at North Anna, his crossing of the Pamunkey, the subsequent battles at Totopotomy Creek aka Bethesda Church (and various cavalry engagements like Haw's Shop and Ashland), and culminates with the main fighting at Cold Harbor. The famous assault on the morning of June 3rd is only about 40 pages out of nearly 400. As with the rest of the series there are good maps, an order of battl ...more
Steven Peterson
Gordon Rhea has written a series of four books, providing a chronicle of the bloody fighting in 1864 as Ulysses Grant headed south and Robert E. Lee tried to prevent him from success. From the Wilderness to Spotsylvania Court House to the North Anna River to Cold Harbor. These four books take us through this sanguinary period, day by day. There is no obvious end of one battle and start of the next. It was a continuing slugging match between Confederate and Union forces.

This book begins with Gra
Joyce Lagow
The battles at Cold Harbor have generated controversy and error since just about the time the fighting there stopped. There is any amount of accepted wisdom about what was really a series of battles, not just one; these assumptions can be read in just about any general history of the U.S. Civil War that goes into any detail at all about the fighting. Some or all of the taken-for-granted attitudes:[return][return]1) Grant chose to go to Cold Harbor and Lee knew that he was going to do so.[return] ...more
This is a very in-depth and thoroughly researched book. Rhea goes into a wealth of detail about every single maneuver and counter-maneuver, tactical decision, reconnaissance, skirmish, and battle involving the two opposing armies, not just during the Battle of Cold Harbor itself, but for the entire previous week leading up to the battle too. If you're a Civil War buff or have an interest in military history and tactics, you'll probably enjoy it. If you're just curious about the Battle of Cold Ha ...more
Most interesting part of this book was Rhea's debunking that the final grand assault was a complete bloodletting, which is very much the description I was expecting. Instead, he points out that many of the statistics of casualties were for the entire length of the campaign, but that some journalists or rival generals of the day, used those numbers for a one day total, from either ignorance or possibly political reasons, etc.
Timothy York
Gordon Rhea is one of the best Civil War History authors out there. No one can take something as complex and complicated as a major civil war battle/campaign and make it comprehensible without having to sacrifice detail. Hi other two books, 'The Battle of the Wilderness' and 'Spottsylvania and Yellow Tavern' are equally well written and researched.
Rob Roy
Detailed account of a battle that most pass over as a simply slaughter
Well researched but i feel like he added extra anecdotes unnecessarily
Matthew Ericson
Great Book, Rhea is the premier historian on the Overland Campaign.
Richard Kraft
Gordon Rhea is one of the better Civil War authors.
Dirk Heinz
Weakest of the 4 book in his Overland campaign
Sean Chick
Rhea's weakest effort so far.
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Mr. Rhea is a nationally acclaimed historian. He has lectured extensively on topics of military history at the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, at several National Military Parks, and at historical societies and civil war round tables across the country. He had been a member of numerous boards of directors of historical societies, magazines, and historic preservation organizations ...more
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