The Battle of Cold Harbor


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Original 1864 Civil War Illustration of:

The Battle Cold Harbor

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The Battle of Cold Harbor

The Battle of Cold Harbor

You viewing an original 1864 illustration of one of the Bloodiest days in US history; the Battle of Cold Harbor.  It is from an 1864 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the day.  Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity.  This leaf is over 140 years old, and the date  is clearly marked on the leaf. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States, and the Civil War was raging on. 

Battle of Cold Harbor

This is a stunning illustration of one of the most dramatic battles in US history. 

The Battle of Cold Harbor was one of the bloodiest military engagements of the American Civil War. It was fought on June 3rd, 1864, at Cold Harbor, Virginia, northeast of Richmond. It was part of the Overland Campaign that also included battles at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House. The Battle of Cold Harbor began when the Union Army of the Potomac, which numbered about 110,000 men under General Ulysses S. Grant, attacked the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, about 60,000 men under General Robert E. Lee. 

At dawn on June 3, Grant began a general advance against the entire Confederate line. More than 5000 Union soldiers were killed or wounded during the first hour of the attack. The battle ended the Union drive through the Virginia Wilderness. At Cold Harbor, Union losses totaled more than 7000 men, and Confederate losses were estimated at about 1500. Grant subsequently agreed with military critics that his losses at Cold Harbor were unjustified in terms of results achieved.

This illustration captures the action of this important battle.  The upper illustration is captioned, "Grant's Great Campaign- The Position at Cold Harbor".  It shows a number of Union Artillery pieces firing into enemy lines.  The confederate forces can be seen on the march in the distance.  The lower image presents more dramatic action, and  is titled, "Grant's Great Campaign- the Las Fight of the Pennsylvania Reserves", and is shows a long line of Union infantry entrenched behind breastworks.  

This is a nice piece that will make an excellent addition to your Civil War collection.  It will make nice display when framed and placed in your office or study, and it will be the center of attention wherever it is displayed.

Unlike newsprint of this century, these older, original pages do not yellow and fall apart.  The reason is that modern newspapers use an acid based process.   Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate.   A different process was used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years.  Acid free mats are available at most better frame shops.  If you have any questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me. The print is approximately 16x11  inches.  I have been collecting Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years.  It is a fascinating hobby, and I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.

The leaf is in excellent condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original material from this period.  It is highly displayable, and I guarantee your satisfaction! 

Don't, miss your chance to own an original and rare piece of Civil War History.




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