returning from the sea, was aiming for Richmond
, where Grant
, with bull-dog tenacity, held Lee
firmly in his grasp.
Erelong, the latter, with his shattered army reduced to half its original numbers, evacuated Richmond
, with Grant
in close pursuit.
A few days later the boys in blue overtook those in gray at Appomattox Court-house, and there, under the warm rays of an April sun, the life was at last squeezed out of the once proud but now prostrate Confederacy.
“The sun of peace had fairly risen.
The incubus of war that had pressed upon the nation's heart for four long, weary years was lifted; and the nation sprang to its feet with all possible demonstrations of joyous exultation.”
himself had gone to the scene of hostilities in Virginia
He watched the various military manoeuvres and operations, which involved momentous consequences to the country; he witnessed some of the bloody engagements participated in by the army of the Potomac.
Within a day after its surrender he followed the victorious Union army into the city of Richmond
In this unfortunate city-once the proud capital of Virginia-now smoking and in ruins, he beheld the real horrors of grim war. Here too he realized in a bountiful measure the earnest gratitude of the colored people, who everywhere crowded around him and with cries of intense exultation greeted him as their deliverer.
He now returned to Washington
, not like Napoleon
fleeing sorrowfully from Waterloo
bearing the tidings of his own defeat, but with joy proclaiming the era of Union victory and peace