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Title: The Surrender of Lee
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General Lee, Confederate leader, surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia, to Gen. U. S. Grant on April 9, 1865, when the joy of the people knew no bounds. Every township, village and neighborhood had its meetings of rejoicings. Everything was forgotten-dignity, age, sex-all were forgotten in the joyful demonstrations. These demonstrations were carried on several days in many communities in Warren county.

But this demonstration was doomed to be short, for it was but a day or two before news flashed over the wire to this county that "President Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater last night." The sorrow was such as the generation then living had never experienced. All business was suspended, flags put at half mast and draped in heavy mourning. The court house was the assembly room where hundreds met and heard eulogies on the dead President. The Methodist church at Williamsport had another immense memorial meeting. Resolutions were adopted as follows:

"Resolved, that we look with detestation and horror on the awful crime of treason, which, baffled in its aims, has sated its revenge in the blood of the chosen ruler of the nation.

"Resolved, that, while we mourn over the untimely end of our late President, we recur with pride to his noble traits of character, kindness of heart and sympathy for the oppressed, which will inscribe his name on the page of history as the friend of the people and the benefactor of mankind."


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001299
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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