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Subject: Re: WOW w/ Alex Wagner Date: 3/19/2013 7:56 AM
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V...When Lee surrendered to Grant one of the first things Grant did was supply the confederates with food. He then had them stack their rifles and sent them on their way.

Not to bone pick, but Gen. Grant did indeed supply the Confederates with food. He did not give them fodder and hundreds of horses died. He may have disarmed them temporarily but Grant allowed the men to keep their rifles in the end. As the units of Gen. Lee's army came up the road to formally surrender, one observer noted that at first he thought it was a symbolic gesture because the road was filled with unit flag bearers as far as he could see. Then he realized that their ranks were so depleted that the flag bearers were the units' survivors.

A couple of interesting Civil War side notes:

1) When black males were subsequently given the vote, it also aided suffragettes 50 years later. The rationale went something like, "are you white men going give black men rights that you deny to your wives and sisters?"

2) At least 400 women served in the Union Army disguised as men.

We have an account of a Pennsylvania girl who served in one of the Western regiments for ten months, before it was known that she was a woman. She stated that there were many female soldiers known to her and one female lieutenant. She had assisted in burying three female soldiers whose sex was unknown to any one but herself. We have also an account of Mrs. Francis L. Clayton, who enlisted in 1861 with her husband at St. Paul, Minn. The two fought together side by side in eighteen battles, till the husband was killed in the battle at Stone River. After that sad event, Mrs. Clayton concluded to retire from active service, and on informing the commander that she was a woman, she received an honorable discharge. She was wounded three times while fighting bravely for her country, and was once taken prisoner. Could not such a woman defend her vote?

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentations...

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