was disposed to quibble, and desired to make terms for the whole Confederacy.
He said he did not propose to surrender, but wished to know whether Grant
's proposals would lead to peace, and to that end he proposed a meeting.
, however, true to his soldierly instincts, would assume no responsibility which did not belong to him as a military commander fighting the armed forces of the rebellion.
He knew that with the government and not with him rested the authority and the duty of settling the final terms of peace and reconstruction, and he had already, on a former occasion, when requested by Lee
, refused to assume any such authority to enter into a convention with the rebel government for the suspension of hostilities.
He would only consent to the surrender of Lee
's army upon terms which were liberal enough for the bravest foe, and which he wisely believed would terminate the great struggle.
He therefore declined to meet Lee
to discuss the terms of peace.
soon found that his case was more hopeless than he had been disposed to admit, and was forced to ask an interview to arrange the terms of surrender offered by Grant
The request was at once acceded to, and the interview took place near Appomattox Court-house, under a tree which has since been “cut into toothpicks” as memorials of that important occasion.
came crestfallen and humiliated, but with the bearing of a great commander, and the formal courtesy of an aristocrat; Grant
came quiet and unassuming, and with a republican simplicity of manner.
They had met before, but probably had never formed an acquaintance or exchanged words.
, an unknown subaltern,