Marshall Phillips letter about Cold Harbor, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


The Battle of Cold Harbor, near Richmond, Virginia, fought between May 31 and June 12, 1834, resulted in heavy Union losses and a Confederate victory.

Marshall Phillips of the 5th Maine Regiment, wrote to his wife on June 8 about a truce in the fighting that was called so both sides could bury their dead.

He wrote that most of the dead soldiers "had been laying between the two lines five days."

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About This Item

  • Title: Marshall Phillips letter about Cold Harbor, 1864
  • Creator: Phillips, Marshall S.
  • Creation Date: 1864-06-08
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • State: VA
  • Media: Pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.4 cm x 12.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. S-166, Misc. Box 6/7
  • Collection: Marshall S. Phillips correspondence
  • Object Type: Text

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