Thoughts on Appomattox (part one)

Emerging Civil War

GrantsTomb-App-smOne of the images that hangs high over Ulysses S. Grant’s sepulcher is an image of a handshake. It’s an idealized painting of Grant and Lee at Appomattox, sealing their deal. A handshake was a man’s word. It’s the way good men did business.

The handshake serves as a perfect metaphor for reunion: two men, like two warring factions, come together in a gesture of agreement. One might daresay call it a gesture of peace.

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