This week marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cold Harbor, the battle where Gen. U. S. Grant earned his title as The Butcher. My Washington Post colleague, columnist Joel Achenbach has written an intriguing piece about one, little noticed aspect of that battle: the apparent impossibility of Grant and Gen. Robert E Lee to agree to a truce so each side could gather their dead and wounded. Gamesmanship trumped humanitarian needs.

Also consider checking out the Post’s four-year-plus coverage

of the sesquicentennial.