Tragic Years, 1860-1865: A Documentary History of the American Civil War - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER 39
“AN
AFFECTIONATE
FAREWELL”

GRANT DEPARTED next morning, March 29, by railroad. The President walked down to the station to say goodbye. Horace Porter believed that Lincoln looked “more serious,” with “the rings under his eyes … of a darker hue.” Aboard the train, Grant and his staff raised their hats in a final token of respect for the President. Obviously affected, Lincoln returned the salute and called:

“Goodbye, gentlemen. God bless you all! Remember, your success is my success.”

Grant sat by the train window afterward, smoking a cigar and seeming absorbed in the passing scenery. Turning to Horace Porter, the general revealed that his thoughts remained with Lincoln.

“I think we can send him some good news in a day or two,” Grant said.


I

Throughout the fall and winter Grant had been hamstrung before Petersburg. With the spring of 1865 he intended to finish the war. Impatiently he waited for the end of abnormally heavy rains, and the return of Sheridan, with his magnificent cavalry, from the Valley. By late March the rains had stopped, the roads were drying, and Sheridan was back.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • 1863 - Continued ix
  • Chapter 23 - Mississippi High Jinks- Vicksburg 563
  • Chapter 24 - Seesaw- Vicksbrg and Gettysburg 599
  • Chapter 25 - Fateful July 633
  • Chapter 26 - The Rock of Chickamauga 669
  • Chapter 27 - "The Year of the Proclamation" 703
  • Chapter 28 - The Depths of Suffering 722
  • 1864 751
  • Chapter 29 - "A Hideous Failure" 753
  • Chapter 30 - "Cries Arose of Grant!" 780
  • Chapter 31 - "Bold Offensive" 813
  • Chapter 32 - From Cherbourg Harbor to Peach Tree Creek 839
  • Chapter 33 - "War Is War" 868
  • Chapter 34 - The Best of Freedom 898
  • Chapter 35 - While All Georgia Howled 924
  • Chapter 36 - A Gift for Mr. Lincoln 949
  • 1865 971
  • Chapter 37 - A King’s Cure for All Evils 973
  • Chapter 38 - The Hard Hand of War 991
  • Chapter 39 - "An Affectionate Farewell" 1012
  • Chapter 40 - "Where I Left Off" 1043
  • Notes 1052
  • Index 1067
  • About the Authors 1098
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