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Remembering Appomattox

Remembering Appomattox Not Forgotten b y E dwa r d L . ay E r s Despite later fantasies of guerilla fighting, a soldier such as Lee would not support such a desperate and undisciplined tactic as that. He knew the war was over at Appomattox, the Confederacy was over at Appomattox. "Robert E. Lee leaving the McLean House following his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant," by Alfred R. Waud, April 9, 1865, pencil on yellow tracing paper, Library of Congress. The meaning of the events at the McLean House on April 9, 1865, seem firmly embedded in our national story. In our country's understanding, Appomattox is America at its best. The gentlemanly drama on this landscape showed Americans to be principled, generous, and fundamentally decent. The shaking of hands, the refusal of the sword, the unpretentious setting, the role of the Seneca Eli Parker, the humility of General Grant--all those things tell us that the bloodletting of the previous four years had been an anomaly. The paired stories of Confederate soldiers permitted to keep their horses and guns and of them melting away, suddenly civilians, back to their homes, has reassured generations of Americans that Americans are different from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Remembering Appomattox

Southern Cultures , Volume 21 (4) – Jan 31, 2015

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Not Forgotten b y E dwa r d L . ay E r s Despite later fantasies of guerilla fighting, a soldier such as Lee would not support such a desperate and undisciplined tactic as that. He knew the war was over at Appomattox, the Confederacy was over at Appomattox. "Robert E. Lee leaving the McLean House following his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant," by Alfred R. Waud, April 9, 1865, pencil on yellow tracing paper, Library of Congress. The meaning of the events at the McLean House on April 9, 1865, seem firmly embedded in our national story. In our country's understanding, Appomattox is America at its best. The gentlemanly drama on this landscape showed Americans to be principled, generous, and fundamentally decent. The shaking of hands, the refusal of the sword, the unpretentious setting, the role of the Seneca Eli Parker, the humility of General Grant--all those things tell us that the bloodletting of the previous four years had been an anomaly. The paired stories of Confederate soldiers permitted to keep their horses and guns and of them melting away, suddenly civilians, back to their homes, has reassured generations of Americans that Americans are different from

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 31, 2015

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