Civil War Lecture on Battle of Cold Harbor

The Foundation of Wayne Community College’s series of lectures on American Civil War battles continues Tuesday, June 17 with a talk on the Battle of Cold Harbor.

The Battle of Cold Harbor, one of the most brutal confrontations of the war, was fought May 31-June 12, 1864 in Virginia. It was the final battle of Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign and resulted in nearly 7,000 Union casualties within an hour.

Presenter Jeff Bockert is the East Region supervisor for the N.C. Division of State Historic Sites. Prior to that, he was the Civil War specialist for N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Bockert’s work experience includes managing the President James K. Polk Birthplace, serving as associate curator on the Battleship North Carolina, and working at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He has also been a college history instructor and is the author of several works on presidential and military history.

The next lectures in the series are on the Battle of Petersburg on July 22; and the Battle of the Crater on Aug. 19.

All are set for 7 p.m. and will be held in Moffatt Auditorium. They are free and open to the public with no reservations or registrations required.

For more information, contact the Foundation at (919) 739-7007 or

The North Carolina Military History Round Table and the Wayne County Historical Association are partnering with the Foundation to provide this lecture.

The college encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodation or having questions about access, please contact the Foundation at (919) 739-7007 or Allow sufficient time to arrange accommodations.

The Foundation of Wayne Community College is a non-profit organization that works to broaden the base of community support for educational opportunities at the college. The Foundation assisted WCC students with 363 scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. It also provides funding for innovative campus projects and employee recognition, and offers cultural programs for the community.

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