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    Grant discusses Appomattox, Fort Donelson, Vicksburg, Sheridan and Sherman.

    Letter Describing Dinner with General Grant. 6-page letter written on both sides of lined writing paper, Washington, D.C., May 19, 1866, from Henry Deming to his wife. "...we have dined with Gen. Grant... The Lieut. Gen was extremely sociable, modest as to his greatest actions, magnanimous to his associates in command and also to the foe. He said that when he met Lee at Appomattox to negotiate the surrender that the rebel General was in 'full tog', new uniform, sword which must have cost $2000 and appeared finely - that he Grant had rode that morning thirty seven miles was covered with dust and mud in his campaign clothes without a sword and was not even well mounted as he rode one of Ingall's horses. He said that he was rather embarrassed when he first met Lee but soon recovered." Regarding the surrender of Vicksburg, Confederate General Pemberton was seated on the piazza of a house, but did not offer Grant a seat nor a glass of water, but directed him to the rear of the house where he "was furnished by a negro boy with a gourd of water. He said the most joyful moment of his life was when Buckner sent out his flag of truce from Fort Donelson. He said that the object of his Wilderness campaign was not so much the capture of Richmond as to wear away Lee's army by attrition and that after eight days fighting there Lee never assumed the offensive again except in a feeble manner. He seemed very fond of Sheridan and that after his first interview with him in the valley of the Shenandoah prior to his first battle he never felt called upon to give him special instruction again. He said that his own (Grant's) fame was greatly due to the gracious praise of Sherman." Repaired separation at vertical fold.

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    December, 2015
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