April 8th, 1865, Lee And Grant Speak Of Blood, And Make It Stop

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JPK Huson 1863

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From a stuffed Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly News, April, 1865, this illustration, hastily sketched in the midst of so much change, our country did not catch its breath for decades.

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The name " Appomattox " elbows its way into History

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Funny, ' Amelia Court House ' is an old blue print in LoC, or part of it, for such a massive footprint on the way.

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The day before that article appeared, 7 days after Petersburg's night attack, Grant sent this-truce flags fluttering like Vaseline through enemy lines. Lee's dignity, and perhaps defiance is apparent, in reply. Both speak of blood. There had been so very much.

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No surrender, but ' Peace '- surrender came the next day.

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This back and forth was printed in Washington, DC papers and picked up across all the states, then the world

Extensively followed despite Lincoln's assassination and the massive coverage of the conspirators' arrest and trial, have always thought Frank Leslie's artist must have been touched by this scene- he drew it with compassion, somehow.
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Collecting rifles at Lee's surrender, before being sent north. Thank goodness these artists were there- valuable to see. Note proximity of men, of both armies- and the grief or weariness, or both, conveyed by the artists, of the man on the right? If we were not there, we cannot know.





 

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From a stuffed Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly News, April, 1865, this illustration, hastily sketched in the midst of so much change, our country did not catch its breath for decades.

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The name " Appomattox " elbows its way into History

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Funny, ' Amelia Court House ' is an old blue print in LoC, or part of it, for such a massive footprint on the way.

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The day before that article appeared, 7 days after Petersburg's night attack, Grant sent this-truce flags fluttering like Vaseline through enemy lines. Lee's dignity, and perhaps defiance is apparent, in reply. Both speak of blood. There had been so very much.

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No surrender, but ' Peace '- surrender came the next day.

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This back and forth was printed in Washington, DC papers and picked up across all the states, then the world

Extensively followed despite Lincoln's assassination and the massive coverage of the conspirators' arrest and trial, have always thought Frank Leslie's artist must have been touched by this scene- he drew it with compassion, somehow.
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Collecting rifles at Lee's surrender, before being sent north. Thank goodness these artists were there- valuable to see. Note proximity of men, of both armies- and the grief or weariness, or both, conveyed by the artists, of the man on the right? If we were not there, we cannot know.




They all must have known the end was close at hand. How many times had Lee ever retreated day after day to avoid combat?
 

JPK Huson 1863

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They all must have known the end was close at hand. How many times had Lee ever retreated day after day to avoid combat?

Decided not to post this exchange in the thread on counting down to Lincoln's death- it's too important an exchange but boy, papers were just fascinated by Lee. Have to say, you see respect in the writing on Lee, not displayed over a few others. You know ' the rebel xxxx ', is never used to describe him? It's always ' General Lee, or General RE Lee '.

Papers were really snarky in those days, too! Gosh. Like if Twain decided to use his talents as a weapon- that kind of mean stuff. Lee and his wife were exempt, although the sons tended to get it in the neck once in awhile.

Yes, no military expert, the papers covered movements those last days. Lives must have been saved, avoiding clashes, when an exhausted army was stretched beyond endurance.
 
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