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MessagePosté le: Ven 14 Oct - 04:56 (2011)    Sujet du message: One night I was going to bed Répondre en citant


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There had been some correspondence with Grant just before the conversation with General Pendleton.  After Gordon's attack failed, a flag of truce was sent out, and, about eleven o'clock, General Lee went to meet General Grant.  The terms of surrender were agreed upon, and then General Lee called attention to the pressing needs of his men.  He said:




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Grant said he would at once send him 25,000 rations.  General Lee told him that amount would be ample and a great relief.  He then rode back to his troops.  The rations issued then to our army were the supplies destined for us but captured at Amelia Court House.  Had they reached us in time, they would have given the half-starved troops that were left strength enough to make a further struggle.  General Long graphically pictures the last scenes:




&quot;It is impossible to describe the anguish of the troops when it was known that the surrender of the army was inevitable.  Of all their trials, this was the greatest and hardest to endure.  There was no consciousness of shame; each heart could boast with honest pride that its duty had been done to the end, and that still unsullied remained its honour.  When, after this interview with General Grant, General Lee again appeared, a shout of welcome instinctively went up from the army.  But instantly recollecting the sad occasion that brought him before them, their shouts sank into silence, every hat was raised, and the bronzed faces of thousands of grim warriors were bathed in tears.  As he rode slowly along the lines, hundreds of his devoted veterans pressed around the noble chief, trying to take his hand, touch his person, or even lay their hands upon his horse <strong><em><font size="4">cheap oakleys</font></em></strong>, thus exhibiting for him their great affection.  The General then with head bare, and tears flowing freely down his manly cheeks, bade adieu to the army.&quot;




In a few words:  &quot;Men, we have fought through the war together; I have done my best for you; my heart is too full to say more,&quot; he bade them good-bye and told them to return to their homes and become good citizens.  The next day he issued his farewell address, the last order published to the army:


Colin slept at night at the foot of my bed, and it was he who led me to make an important discovery.  For I now became aware that I was being subjected to constant espionage.  It may have been going on from the start, but it was not till my third month at Blaauwildebeestefontein that I found it out.  One night I was going to bed, when suddenly the bristles rose on the dog's back and he barked uneasily at the window.  I had been standing in the shadow, and as I stepped to the window to look out I saw a black face disappear below the palisade of the backyard.  The incident was trifling, but it put me on my guard.  The next night I looked, but saw nothing.  The third night I looked, and caught a glimpse of a face almost pressed to the pane.  Thereafter I put up the shutters after dark <em>replica oakley sunglasses</em>, and shifted my bed to a part of the room out of line with the window.


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