Thompson, Robert N.
November 2006
Military History;Nov2006, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p38
The article focuses on the battle of the Cold Harbor in Virginia in 1964. The attack was intended to break the battered Confederate army of Northern Virginia at Cold Harbor and open the road to Richmond. The decision to execute the attack was founded on poor information and irrational assumptions about the enemy's morale and military capabilities. The tragedy of Cold Harbor was a horrible example of what happens when under the weight of an unworkable system, command solidarity breaks down.


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