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The Civil War, Day by Day

Gen. U.S. Grant in Lincoln's Inaugural Ball (detail)

Rebirth of a Great Nation

Fewer than thirty thousand Confederates still followed their beloved commander. On Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865, Lee and Grant met to discuss possible terms of surrender.

Grant could have been vindictive; he was not. Lee could have ordered his men to disperse for years of unrequited guerilla warfare; he did not. Instead, two soldiers met as gentlemen with a sense of the future and agreed to become fellow Americans again. Shortly after, Southern generals across what was left of the Confederacy followed Lee's example. By late May 1865 the American Civil War was history. Thus, Appomattox represents an inspiring dualism. It marked the death of a great war; it also marked the rebirth of a great nation.

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All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2011. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.