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Soldier and citizen before the Appomattox Court House This picture and the next one reveal contrasting scenes at the close of the greatest civil conflict of modern times—the soldiers of the Union army after Lee's surrender grouped before Appomattox Court House, and citizens of the hitherto quiet village gathered in front of the village inn. Grant himself did not remain long after the negotiations were concluded. As he left the McLean house a little after four in the afternoon he heard the firing of salutes in the Union Camp in celebration of the news of surrender. He at once issued orders to discontinue it. ‘The war is over,’ he said, ‘the rebels are our countrymen again, and the best sign of rejoicing after the victory will be to abstain from all demonstrations.’ The next morning he rode to the Confederate lines and held a last interview with Lee, after which he returned to the McLean house before setting out for Washington. Many of his staff were disappointed, but Grant had no curiosity to look upon the conquered army. He was much more eager to restore harmony and prosperity to the reunited nation.


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