Monday, April 3, 2017

Mort Kunstler 2017 Calendar: Respect of An Army, Lee's Surrender

From the April 2017 Civil War calendar

Robert E. Lee is shown riding his horse Traveler from the surrender at Appomattox.

"APPOMATTOX C.H., APRIL 9, 1865.  After four terrible years of fighting, the gallant Army of Northern Virginia had sustained great hardships and was unable to recover.  Nearing desperation, the Confederate forces reluctantly conceded to their Union counterparts.

"General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant met to discuss the terms of surrender at the McLean House at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.  After completing the terms, General Lee shook hands with General Grant, bowed to the other officers, and left the room.

"In reverence and awe, Grant's staff and those in attendance followed their former foe out onto the porch and front grounds as the Confederate commander signaled for his horse.  Despite the circumstances, the soldiers who had fought so hard against one another shared a mutual respect that represented the first step toward reuniting the country."

A Sad Day.  --Old Secesh

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