James Ford Rhodes (18481927). History of the Civil War, 18611865 1917.
requested by letter a suspension of hostilities and an interview with Grant. The two generals met at McLeans house in the little village of Appomattox Court-House. Lee wore a new full-dress uniform of Confederate gray buttoned to the throat and a handsome sword, the hilt of which was studded with jewels, while Grant had on a blouse of dark-blue flannel unbuttoned in front and carried no sword.1 In my rough travelling suit, wrote Grant, the uniform of a private with the straps of lieutenant-general, I must have contrasted very strangely with a man so handsomely dressed, six feet high and of faultless form.2 Although jubilant over his victory Grant, on coming into personal contact with Lee, felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly.3 Grant was magnanimous; Lee heroic in his adversity. Generous terms were offered and the paper signed that ended the war.
The number of men surrendered was 28,231. The Confederates had been living for the last few days principally upon parched corn and were badly in need of food. Grant supplied them with rations. As soon as the Union soldiers heard of the surrender they commenced firing salutes at different points along the lines. He ordered these stopped saying, The war is over; the rebels are our countrymen again; and the best sign of rejoicing after the victory will be to abstain from all demonstrations in the field.4