Battle of Cold Harbor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
May 31, 1864 Lee sent cavalry to defend the railroad. As Union Brig. Gen. Albert T. A. Torbert increased pressure on the Confederates. Robert E. Lee told his general to shift right to help keep the railroads. The Union overpowered the Confederates and continued their journey to the heart of Virginia.
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June 4th-12th grant said of this battle in his memoirs," I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made, no advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained." the battles lasted until June 12th, when Grant advanced with his left flank, going to the James river. It was a good defensive victory for Lee, but it was his last int eh war. In the final stages he alternated between digging trenches and fleeing westward across Virginia.