- Sep 4, 2014
- Lexington, SC
I would imagine there’s a difference in letters between commanders contemplating surrender and the actions of the victory once surrender is achieved. At least I would suspect the surrendering General would have great trepidation there would be a large difference. Especially if you’re Robert E. Lee.That's a bit of a stretch. No doubt he was aware of the fate that commonly awaited rebels, and willing to accept it if necessary, but that's a far cry from saying it was absolutely certain. He and Grant had discussed capitulation courteously by letter over the past couple of days. Grant had shown little sign of vindictiveness at Donelson or Vicksburg. And the final decision would be up to President Lincoln.