|USNS Dahl, a 950-feet Large Medium Speed RoRo (LMSR) ship used to move military vehicles|
|Watt Farm at Gaines Mill|
|Some of the extant earthworks at Cold Harbor|
|Killing field at Cold Harbor|
The National Park Service has a small visitor's center at Cold Harbor. It overlooks an open field where the Union launched part of their futile attack.
It was interesting to see many remnants of the earthworks still exist. The works survived partly because they were so extensive, the local farmers felt that it was too much work to try to reclaim the land. Note that none of the trees in the photos existed at the time of the battle.
The Gaines Mill battlefield was really well preserved and or restored. The NPS has created a great place to visit. It was deserted when I was there so I had the battlefield park to myself.
They have an extensive recreation of the worm fencing in the area, as well as the restored farm house and barn. I really enjoyed my visit and hike around the battlefield on a beautiful spring day.
In general the terrain at these battlefields is relatively flat, but the Watt Farm lies on the south side of Boatswain's Creek. It has quite steep banks and ridges coming out of the creek. I am glad I never had to attack up that slope.
|Watt farm house|
|Position of the 5th Massachusetts Battery at Gaines Mill. Boatswain's Creek is on the left side of the image.|