were separated, renewing the fight after they seemed subdued—he determined to grant them such terms that there should be neither object nor excuse for further resistance.
The wisdom of his course was proved by the haste which the rebels made to yield everything they had fought for. They were ready not only to give up their arms, but literally to implore forgiveness of the government.
They acquiesced in the abolition of slavery.
They abandoned the heresy of secession, and waited to learn what else their conquerors would dictate.
They dreamed not of political power.
They only asked to be let live quietly under the flag they had outraged, and attempt in some degree to rebuild their shattered fortunes.
The greatest general of the rebellion asked for pardon.
All proclaimed especially their admiration of Grant
refused to present his petition for amnesty until he had ascertained in advance that Grant
would recommend it. The wife of Jefferson Davis
applied to him for the remission of a part of the punishment of her husband; and throughout the entire South
his praises were on the lips of his conquered enemies.
While this was the feeling at the South
, the North
awarded him a unanimity of praise and affection such as no other American had ever received.
Houses were presented to him in Philadelphia
, and Galena
; military rank was created for him by Congress; cities were illuminated, because he visited them; congregations and audiences rose in his honor; men of every grade and shade of political, religious, and social opinion or position united in these acclamations.