his face changed for the first time; and he said, “This will have a very happy effect upon my army.”
He then told what was new to Grant
, that the horses ridden by the men were their own. Again the conqueror's tenderness lifted him into a realm diviner than the renown of victory.
He ordered that the men “take the animals home with them to work their little farms.”
To this nobility Lee
's own responded.
“This will have the best possible effect upon the men,” he said.
Moved to greater frankness, he told Grant
of his army's hunger; and for this also Grant
at once provided.
These are the things which the conqueror had done when he came out of the house with unrelaxed countenance, and rode away.
As he went, he heard firing from his lines.
It was in honour of the news, already spreading.
He stopped these salutes at once.
“The war is over,” he said.
“The rebels are our countrymen again.”