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Civil War Trust

  The Battles of Haw’s Shop, Totopotomoy Creek, and Cold Harbor
(Friday and Saturday)

Historian: Bobby Krick

Description: (Moderate Walking) As the Overland Campaign entered its fourth week, the tempo of events increased. Once the Federal army crossed the Pamunkey River on May 27-28, 1864, the physical threat to Richmond increased. Fierce battles ensued, further staggering the weary armies. This tour will investigate the period between May 28 and June 3, a one week window that saw heavy fighting on every day.

Scheduled battlefield visits include the site of the cavalry fight at Haw’s Shop, the Totopotomoy Creek battlefield (including the 290-year-old Shelton House in the middle of the battlefield), and several stops covering multiple events at the famous Cold Harbor battlefield. The Cold Harbor portion will include some newly preserved ground. The tour also will see the open field where the greatest slaughter at Cold Harbor occurred. Estimated cumulative walking over the course of the day is approximately two miles.

Tour Stops: Haw’s Shop Battlefield, Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield, Polegreen Church, Buelah Church, Cold Harbor Battlefield (multiple stops on public and private land).

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