On the morning of the 9th of April, when Lee found that Grant's infantry had possession of the road he was following toward Lynchburg, he said, with suppressed emotion: ‘There is nothing left but to go to General Grant, and I would rather die a thousand deaths.’ Then, after a thoughtful pause, he added: ‘How easily I could get rid of this and be at rest. I have only to ride along the line and all will be over. But it is our duty to live. What will become of the women and children of the South, if we are not here to protect them?’ At about this time he received, in reply to his of the 8th, the following note, of the 9th, from General Grant:
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