I saw him last at Appomattox
, but not after the surrender.
It was just before he moved out against Sheridan
's troops and his manner was in no wise different from what it had always been.
You, who witnessed his majestic bearing when all was over, can tell your children and all the generations to come, that ‘Human fortitude
has equalled human calamity.’
A few weeks after Appomattox
, I was seated in his parlor on Franklin street, Richmond
, talking with his daughter, when the General
entered the room.
Never can I forget his gentle manner as he extended his hand, and put me at my ease with a few cordial words of welcome, which he so well knew how to speak to a young and embarrassed visitor.
This was my last view of him. I saw him no more; he visited this city not long before he died, when in feeble health, and received the hospitality and homage of the people of Norfolk