Cold Harbor National Cemetery
Cold Harbor National Cemetery, established in 1866, is located on the site of the Battle of Cold Harbor, a clash that would be General Robert E. Lee's "last great battle in the field," and the only one Union General Ulysses S. Grant would regret. It is one of six Civil War-era cemeteries maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Richmond, Va., area. All these national cemeteries are historically linked to the Union assault on the southern capital: Seven Pines, Richmond, Glendale, City Point and Fort Harrison.
The 1.4-acre Cold Harbor Cemetery is preserved in a relatively rural context, partly due to neighboring lands that are part of the discontinuous Richmond National Battlefield Park, which is managed by the National Park Service. Across the road is the Garthright house, which served as a Union field hospital from June 3-12, 1864. The Battle of Cold Harbor (or Gaines Hill) occurred in June 1864, although cemetery burials were collected here from a 22-mile area.
Cold Harbor is a relatively small cemetery with about 2,000 internments. My visit in June 2009 was a short visit therefore I took about 50 representative photos posted below. I have added information to each photo which you can see as you move your mouse curser over the photo. By clicking on the photo you can view a larger version of the photo. If by chance you need a better version please contact me and I can send you the original high resolution photo. Please note the hot link in the top Cold Harbor title; this hot link will connect you directly to the on-line database to view more names.