To this star in these final days the great wagon of the army seemed hitched.
Whatever they separately did,--and they were doing something during every hour,--the fierce white light of Sheridan
's genius beats upon the whole; and his deeds against the enemy are like stroke of lightning.
On the morning of April 3 Lincoln
came to Grant
in captured Petersburg
, and shook his hand and poured out his thanks a long while.
He said this was something like his expectations, only that he had imagined Sherman
would have been brought from the South
to share in it. Then he learned more of his general's tact, for Grant
told him it was justice that the army which fought Lee
from the beginning should fight him at the end and divide the glory with no one.
Thus there could be no rancour.
The close partisans of Meade
, bitter over the great slight which history has so far done his fame, contend that he should have received the final surrender;