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Voice from the Past

Shortly before he died, Grant described in his Personal Memoirs the scene in the McLean house, at Appomattox, where Lee surrendered to him:


What General Lees feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face his feelings were entirely concealed from my observation; but my own feelings were sad and depressed. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly and had suffered so much

General Lee was dressed in a full uniform which was entirely new, and was wearing a sword of considerable valueIn my rough traveling suit I must have contrasted very strangely with a man so handsomely dressed, six feet high and of faultless form

We soon fell into a conversation about old army times Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting.


Word for the Day | Complete Idiots Guide to American History | Sea to Shining Sea (1862-1878)







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