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Lee—the General who shouldered ‘all the responsibility’ The nobility revealed by the steadfast lips, the flashing eyes in this magnificent portrait is reflected by a happening a few days before its taking. It was 1865. The forlorn hope of the Confederacy had failed. Gordon and Fitzhugh Lee had attacked the Federal lines on April 9th, but found them impregnable. Lee heard the news, and said: ‘Then there is nothing left me but to go and see General Grant.’—‘Oh, General, what will history say to the surrender of the army in the field?’—Lee's reply is among the finest of his utterances: ‘Yes, I know they will say hard things of us; they will not understand how we were overwhelmed by numbers; but that is not the question, Colonel; the question is, is it right to surrender this army? If it is right, then I will take all the responsibility.’

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