The End:The Surrender at Appomattox Court House
By: Nicole Prezioso
It's over! It's over! The war is finally over! Lee knew the situation was hopeless by April 9, 1865. He realized this talking with his men after the battle of Appomattox River. Lee knew things could not, and would not get any better.
"There is nothing left me but to go and see General Grant, and I would rather die a thousand deaths," he said. Lee desperately didn't want to surrender. A man in his troops suggested that they fought a guerrilla war because he was worried of what history would say of their surrender. Lee refused. He knew that Grant would be generous and empathetic. He decided to meet Gen. U.S. Grant at 10:00 A.M. and surrender his army. Lee was right to predict Grant's generosity, for he allowed the men to keep their pistols.
The total dead for the Union was 359,528. Some died from battle, and others died from disease and other causes. The Confederates lost 194,000 total.
This war has been a savage, bloody holocaust that will never be forgotten. The people who risked their lives for what they believed will never be forgotten. And most importantly, the dream of striving what you know is
right will never be forgotten.
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