National Geographic : 1965 Apr
of surrender the day afterward, April 10, to ask General Lee's cooperation in speaking for a general peace between North and South. He spent an hour there and then mounted his horse and rode to Burkeville, up to which point the railroad, destroyed by his men, had been repaired. But the ground was still soft, and the re pairs had been hasty, and the train-which an observer compared to a fly crawling over a corrugated washboard-frequently left the track. It was after midnight the second day when he reached City Point. From there he hastened by boat to Washington to stop the 468 expenses of the war as soon as possible. My father, Maj. Gen. Frederick Dent Grant, told me something about that slow train ride which seems a fitting epilogue to this account. He had ridden with General Grant during the Vicksburg campaign, as a boy of 12, and was wounded; but he was away in school at the time of Lee's surrender. General Grant later told him this story. Confederate Soldier Speaks for All In the railroad car, two or three seats ahead of General Grant and across the aisle, sat one of Lee's soldiers, evidently on the way home.