The Final Struggles: September 1864 to April 1865

Lee’s Surrender

Who spoke first?

It is believed that Grant was the more talkative and the friendlier. He mentioned that he remembered Lee’s appearance from the War with Mexico and commented that the Confederate general looked as splendid now as he had then. Lee, by contrast, said nothing about Mexico: he may not have remembered Lieutenant Grant from those days. Before too much time passed, Lee reminded Grant that they had come to discuss the terms of surrender. Grant then went to business.


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