; and two or three times he struck one hand against the other.
Then, having spoken no word, and noticing his grey horse that had been brought him, he mounted, and rode away.
As he was going, Grant
came through the door, saluted him in silence, and in silence also rode away.
reached his army, the faithful men swarmed around him, cheering not their common misfortune, but the peace that he had made.
They mingled their grief with his, grasping his hands; and then, almost overcome, he spoke: “Men, we have fought through the war together.
I have done the best I could for you.”
's features concealed on that day we know now from him: “What General Lee
's feelings were I do not know.
But my own, which had been quite jubilant on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed.
I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so ”