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Appomattox Surrender

Robert E. Lee Surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 - Palm Sunday - at Appomattox Courthouse.  Palm Sunday is the Sunday preceding Easter, and is the day that Christ made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  In this original May, 1865 illustration, Thomas Nast clearly attributes the end of the Civil War and the Union's victory to the Hand of God.

Appomattox Surrender Picture

Thomas Nast "The Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse"  (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

This, perhaps Nast's most poignant Civil War Illustration, captures the dual celebration . . . the celebration both of Christ's entry into Jerusalem, and the end of the Civil War.

The inset image on the right shows Robert E. Lee's Surrender to Ulysses S. Grant.  Lee and Grant are pictured at Appomattox Courthouse.  Grant appears to be holding out his hand to Lee in peace.  Lee stands tall and proud in what must have been the most painful moment of his life.  His cause was lost, but not his pride, dignity nor honor.

This inset image is captioned, "Surrender of General Lee to Lieutenant General Grant". The larger banner beneath this inset reads, "Honor the Illustrious Dead.  And Heartily Sympathize with the Sufferings of our Gallant Heroes and Their Families".

On the left is an inset image showing Christ's entry into Jerusalem, which occurred some 1,835 years earlier, to the day. The illustration shows Christ, seated on a donkey, entering the Holy City.  As described in the Gospels, the people are waving Palm Branches at Jesus.  In addition, people are placing cloaks and mats in his path.  One woman is seen holding her child for Jesus to touch.

Beneath this inset image is the caption, "The Saviors Entry Into Jerusalem".  Beneath that is a banner which reads, "We Hold Out the Olive Branch to Our Erring and Misguided Brethren of the Southern States, and Pledge to All of Them Who Are Loyal a Hearty Welcome to All the Benefits of a Free Republic". 

The illustration also has banners reading "Liberty" and "Union".  We also see banners saying "Praise God from whom All Blessings Flow", and "Blessed are the Peace Makers".  Surrounding the main images are the images of Heavenly Hosts, appearing to celebrate the end of the Civil War. 

To the left of the illustration are the words, "We Recognize His Hand and His Kind Providence in Bringing This Nation So Near to a Triumphant End to The Mighty Contest for Freedom and Good Government."  To the right of the illustration, we read, "`The Armies of the Republic have by the Blessing of God Triumphed Over the Foes of the Union, The Constitution, and the Laws."

So, we can clearly see in this illustration that Thomas Nast humbly attributes the Union Victory as being from the Hand of God.

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