The war was in such a crisis moment—especially for the South—that Lee did not wish the Federals to see any of his lines. Lee, therefore, rebuffed all attempts to converse with Grant over a truce to remove the wounded and bury the dead. As a result, thousands of wounded men lay between the federal and Confederate lines, sometimes screaming with pain. Some observers claimed that the five days following the Battle of Cold Harbor represented the worst—most horrific—time of the whole war.
General Grant once again charged fully into Lee’s strongest point at the Battle of Cold Harbor. This time, it was a mistake, as the South’s forces were well fortified and Union casualties ran high.