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  •  Cold Harbor Myth or fact ? (none)
    Anyone reading most books on this battle would come ot the conclusion that thousands of union troops dies in the opening 20 minutes or so - but i have seen writings recently (i wish i could recall where) where this has come into question, and that perhaps a lot of these casualties are double counted from the previous day(s)
     and that the casualties are more in the region of 1,500.

    Got anything on this ?

    •  That's been dealt with a lot in recent years... (none)
      ...though even if you go as far back as Catton, he paints a much more accurate picture of the battle.  The "7,500 in 20 minutes" bit was cemented shortly after the war ended and has never let go.

      The main action of the day was over in an hour or so.  Rhea estimates Union losses at 3,500, but if you want what I think, based on what I've researched and read, is that he undercounts.  I'd guess something more like 4,500-6,000 is a better estimate.  I realize that's a big range, but to be truthful, I've currently misplaced my research folder on the battle, so i'm giving myself a lot of play on the estimate.

      "It's time to come home, America"--Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), September 13, 2005

      by Raybin on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 11:02:33 PM PDT

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