No significant words were spoken in this hour.
Silence is the only reference that men make to great events which they are in the midst of. The ordinary greetings of every day were briefly given.
The house where General Lee
waited was pointed out to Grant
; and he went in, leaving most of the others upon the porch.
There they sat, while General Lee
's grey horse cropped the grass near them.
Quietness was over the little village and the armies lying in the country round.
The door opened, and two of those on the porch were signed to come in. They entered, it is said, treading as those do who steal into a sickchamber, while the rest still sat on the porch.
When the door next opened, they rose.
For out of it General Lee
came, splendid, tall, grey-bearded, immovable.
They looked at him and his sword and spotless grey uniform.
He stood absently on the step, gazing away