Grants attacks at Cold Harbor, Combat between Grant and Lee in the late spring 1864.
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On June 3, 1864, Union troops under Ulysses S. Grant mounted a series of attacks on Confederate entrenchments at Cold Harbor, Va. They were defeated so readily and with such high losses that the campaign subsequently developed into a siege operation. Maney's eloquent description of this disaster is based heavily on quotations from printed and unpublished primary sources. The campaign prefigures the first day on the Somme in 1916: men shot down by the thousands in a matter of minutes by enemies they could barely see. Maney's accounts of the earlier fighting in Wilderness and at the Spotsylvania Court House are so detailed that they distract from the event that is the work's stated focus. The author also seems at times disconcertingly unable to distinguish between a regiment and a brigade. Nevertheless, this is a solid treatment of a battle Civil War historians have largely neglected.
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History teacher and battlefield preservationist Maney has written a blow-by-blow account of the bloodiest month of the Civil War and the egregious failure of command by U.S. Grant in ordering a futile assault on entrenched Confederates at Cold Harbor, Virginia. With ample excerpts from combatants to catch the mood and words of two armies preparing for what both thought would be the decisive battle of the war, Maney succeeds in reliving the experience of battle, but he misses his chance to say something about the politics of command in the Army of the Potomac, the psychology of battle, and a host of other questions the "new military historians" have been raising about the nature of the war. This is a book for drums-and-bugle buffs only. Older accounts by Bruce Catton and Noah Trudeau offer as much in drama and more in insight.
Randall Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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