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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2008 12:30 am
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One thing that bothers me extremely about Grant and Cold Harbor is that Grant's pride would not allow him to ask Lee for a truce in order to collect and care for his wounded.

As Lee's army had no wounded on the battlefield, it was only those very brave Yanks that lay there in the elements suffering for 4 days before Grant would finally follow protocal and ask for a proper truce. After which time, only two Yankees were found alive, the others whom were anable to crawl or unrescued by commrades had died excrucialting deaths, no water, nothing for their pain, nothing to protect them from the elements.

I find that unforgivable.

(Anyone wondering about this can find a good, basic account in Foote, volume III.)

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