Thursday, April 9, 2015

General Robert E Lee

General Robert Edward Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago today at the Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia. General Lee was an honor graduate of The United States Military Academy, served in the United States Military for 32 years, was the Superintendent of the United States Military and was offered the command of the Union forces. He decided to stay loyal to Virginia and surrendered there. After the war he served as President of Washington and Lee University and died in 1870.

President Grant started out a little less distinguished. He also was a graduate of The United States Military Academy, but struggled with grades. He was an excellent horseman and he was also a soldier but quit the Army. He worked his way into the command of the Union and the rest is history.
President Grant left behind what is said to be the best Presidential Memoirs ever written. His records and accounts of the Civil War are a wonderful gift to the treasure hunter. There are locations of camps in these records that has never had a metal detector on them.

There are memorials all over the south of General Lee and even though he lost the war he is memorialized as a hero. There are no memorials at all to President Grant.

There were no photographers on hand to capture the surrender of the Confederacy by General Lee 150 years ago. That would not happen today.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting.

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General Robert Edward Lee

Confederate forces surrendering their muskets and colors.
Confederate Soldiers surrender guns and flags.

Union and Confederate soldiers sharing rations.
Union Soldiers share rations with Confederate Soldiers waiting for Lee to surrender.

Robert E. Lee rides away from the courthouse.
General Lee riding away after the surrender.

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