In past years I have offered posts on this blog about the April 10 meeting between Grant and Lee near what is now called Surrender Triangle. One post covered images of the encounter; I have already discussed what happened (and didn’t happen) at the meeting.
It was not the only time Grant met Confederates that day, as this Dale Gallon image reminds us:
I prefer that to this recent rendering of Lee’s departure from the McLean house.
I doubt that Grant came all the way down to apologize to Lee for making the Confederate surrender. Maybe James Thurber inspired this image. But it’s not the first time someone’s suggested that Grant made such an effort to say goodbye.
Somehow I doubt it. Maybe Grant wanted to talk more about Mexico, and Lee just wanted to get out of there. They would not have been Facebook friends.
It must have been strange for the officers and men that day to wake up without worrying about being killed or getting ready to march somewhere. That must have been the real stillness at Appomattox.