JUST ADDED ON 3/23 - THE BATTLE OF COLD HARBOR - Soldier Carved Game Piece
A soldier carved bullet, probably intended to be a chess piece, that was a part of a large Pennsylvania collection of carefully identified relics. This bullet was included with a larger group of bullets that were identified with a typed label that indicated they were found at Cold Harbor, probably in the 1960s. A photo of this label has been made available, but this label is not included with the artifact. After the bloody battles at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, Ulysses S. Grant continued to move his army south while Robert E. Lee attempted to counter every move in order to stay between the Union Army and Richmond. Their next major fight was around a crossroads known as Cold Harbor, close to the old Gaines’ Mill Battlefield. The Confederates quickly built and extensive system of trenches, forcing the Union Army to attack positions that were heavily fortified. The end result was several very costly frontal assaults including attacks on June 3rd which cost the Union Army 7000 casualties in less than an hour. Many of the men who fell were left to suffer in the summer heat where they fell between the opposing lines. The failed attacks at Cold Harbor led some papers in the North to give the Union commander the name “Butcher Grant.” A provenance letter will be included.