under my command, and tend to the restoration of peace, I should be pleased to meet you at 10 A. M. to-morrow on the old stage road to Richmond between the picket-lines of the two armies. R. E. Lee, Gen.
This letter was received by Grant at Curdsville, a roadside village on the road Lee had travelled, about midnight.
It was not answered until in the morning, as Grant did not intend to accept Lee's invitation to meet him at 10 A. M. Grant had doubtless had an early interview in his mind whenolve a chance of such discussions, he apparently decided to make the proposed meeting impossible by at once leaving that road and riding across to the road being travelled by Ord and Sheridan.
Before starting, however, he replied to Lee from Curdsville, as follows:—
April 9, 1865.
General: Your note of yesterday is received.
I have no authority to treat on the subject of peace.
The meeting proposed for 10 A. M. to-day could lead to no good.
I will state, however, General, that I