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ml Bryan ( '.rinu's, and it fell to my lot to carry the last order on the field of battle immediately preceding the surrender. All the incidents of that historic occasion are still fresh in my memory, and as an eye- witness I unhesitatingly testify that the last volley at Appomattox Courthouse was fired by Cox's North Carolina brigade of Grimes' s division. But, to put the matter beyond all doubt, and to cite the best evidence possible, I will ask your readers to consider what was said about this controverted question by the witness best qualified to know General Bryan Grimes who planned and commanded the last charge at Appomattox.
I enclose, therefore, the following extract from Grimes's own re- port, or statement, published in 1879, and never questioned before his death. As stated by him, he was given by General Gordon the divisions of Walker and Evans in addition to his own division, which was composed of Phil Cook's Georgia brigade, Battle's Alabama brigade, Grimes's old brigade, and Cox's brigade. It is proper to state that General Grimes was not in the rear, but was with the line of battle and narrowly escaped being killed.
All soldiers know how hard it is for an unmounted officer at one end of a long line of battle to know what is done at the other. Hence, it does not disparage Captain Kaigler's veracity or courage to assert that he, who was on the extreme left, could not know what was done on the right as well as mounted officers who were. riding all along the line and had full opportunity of seeing all that was done.
This statement of General Grimes's (who died in 1880) is so clear and explicit that it should be accepted as conclusive of the facts mentioned, and being of peculiar historic value, should be carefully read and remembered.
H. A. LONDON.
Pittsboro, N. C. , September i2th.
THE SURRENDER AT APPOMATTOX.
(Bv GENERAL BRYAN GRIMES.)
On Saturday, the 8th, no enemy appeared, and we marched un- disturbed all day. Up to this time, since the evacuation of Peters- burg, we had marched day and night, continually followed and harassed by the enemy. The men were very much jaded and suf- fering for necessary sustenance, our halts not having been sufficiently long to prepare their food; besides, all our cooking utensils not cap- tured or abandoned were where we could not reach them. This day