urrender of that portion of the Confederate States army known as the Army of Northern Virginia.
U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-general.
This he intrusted to General Seth Williams, adjutant-general, with directions to take it to Humphreys's front, as his corps was close up to the enemy's rear-guard, and see that it reached Lee. WilliWilliams's orderly was shot, and he himself came near losing his life in getting this communication through the lines.
General Grant decided to remain all night at Farmville and await the reply from Lee, and he was shown to a room in the hotel in which he was told that Lee had slept the night before, although this statement could not e, General. Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, Commanding Armies of the U. S.
The next morning, before leaving Farmville, the following reply was given to General Seth Williams, who again went to Humphreys's front to have it transmitted to Lee:
April 8, 1865. General R. E. Lee, Commanding C. S. A.:
Your note of last evening, i
Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, Commanding Armies of U. S.
While the letters were being copied, General Grant introduced the general officers who had entered, and each member of the staff, to General Lee.
The general shook hands with General Seth Williams, who had been his adjutant when Lee was superintendent at West Point some years before the war, and gave his hand to some of the other officers who had extended theirs; but to most of those who were introduced he merely bowed in a dignifi he at first mistook Parker for a negro, and was struck with astonishment to find that the commander of the Union armies had one of that race on his personal staff.
Lee did not utter a word while the introductions were going on, except to Seth Williams, with whom he talked cordially.
Williams at one time referred in a rather jocose manner to a circumstance which had occurred during their former service together, as if he wished to say something in a good-natured way to thaw the frigidity
surrender, that there might be no misunderstanding as to the form of paroles, the manner of turning over the property, etc., the conference ended.
The two commanders lifted their hats and bade each other goodby.
Lee rode back to his camp to take a final farewell of his army, and Grant returned to McLean's house, where he sat on the porch until it was time to take his final departure.
It will be observed that Grant at no time actually entered the enemy's lines.
Ingalls, Sheridan, and Williams had asked permission to visit the enemy's lines and renew their acquaintance with some old friends, classmates, and former comrades in arms who were serving in Lee's army.
They now returned, bringing with them General Cadmus M. Wilcox, who had been one of General Grant's groomsmen; Longstreet, who had also been at his wedding; Heth, who had been a subaltern with him in Mexico, besides Gordon, Pickett, and a number of others.
They all stepped up to pay their respects to General Grant, who