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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 11 (search)
act on the defensive at once, to avert any positive disaster. The enemy's sally was, however, not made with much vigor, and was readily repulsed by Bartlett's brigade. Dispositions were then made by the Fifth and Ninth corps for the battle which was determined on for the morrow. Cold Harbor, where Generals Grant and Meade established their headquarters for the impending passage at arms, is no harbor, as the name might imply, for it is quite inland; Many interpretations of Cold or Coal Harbor have been given. It has been suggested that the proper form is Cool Arbor—a designation which its shady coverts might justify. But it would appear that Cold Harbor is a common name for many places along the travelled roads in England, and means simply, shelter without fire. nor is it even a centre of population, nor so much as a collection of farm-houses, but a mere locality, having all its importance from the convergence of roads there. Behind it runs the Chickahominy, and the map wil