Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
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.
The name " Appomattox " elbows its way into History
Funny, ' Amelia Court House ' is an old blue print in LoC, or part of it, for such a massive footprint on the way.
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.
No surrender, but ' Peace '- surrender came the next day.
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.
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.