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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 15: evacuation of Richmond and the Petersburg lines.--retreat and surrender. (search)
der, 1863 ; on the other, Aide toi et Dieu t'aidera. This sword is in the possession of Gen-eral G. W. C. Lee, son of General Lee, and the President of Washing-ton and Lee University at Lexington, Va. With a magnificent physique, not a pound of supt was determined to get through it as well and as soon as he could without the exhibition of temper or mortification. Generals Lee and Grant had met once, eighteen years before, when both were fighting for the same cause in Mexico-one an engineer ofthe commanding general, the other a subaltern of infantry in Garland's brigade. After a pleasant reference to that event, Lee promptly drew attention to the business before them, the terms of surrender were arranged, and at General Lee's request reGeneral Lee's request reduced to writing, as follows: Appomattox Court House, Va., April 9, 1865. General: In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th inst., I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on the following terms,
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 16: return to Richmond.-President of Washington College.--death and Burial. (search)
st-war terms with his excellent landlord; but, before he could take any steps, Mrs. Lee received a note from Mr. Stewart which read: I am not presuming on your good oou and all that are dear to you. In looking beyond Richmond for quarters, General Lee was much in favor of purchasing a farm in Orange County, in the beautiful seages of war. A member of the board had accidentally heard that a daughter of General Lee had said she thought her father would like to be connected with an institutining, and this casual remark first directed the attention of the trustees to General Lee in connection with the presidency of their college; but, as one of them said, it was unmingled impudence to tender to General Lee the head of an institution which had nothing then, and must start at the bottom round of the collegiate educatie had nothing then, its condition would instantaneously change at the moment General Lee accepted the presidency. The name of Robert E. Lee was duly proposed for th