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did Grant return Lee's sword at Appomattox Court-House?
Poetry, Art, and Romance have combined to paint the historic scene of Lee tendering, and Grant magnanimously declining to receive, his sword at Appomattox Court-house; but nothing of the kind occurred.
We published in 1875 (in Reminiscences, anecdotes, and letters of General R. E. Lee) General Lee's own account of the surrender, in which he said, with emphasis, that as he had determined from the beginning of negotiations that officers should retain their side-arms, he did not violate the terms by tendering General Grant his own sword. This, of course, settled the question, for the world long since learned to receive implicitly the lightest word of R. E. Lee.
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