- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mike west" <grayback1@e...> wrote:
> I always wonder with Lee's distinguished knowledge ofIMHO
> and his awareness of the situation at Petersburg, why did he
> continue fighting?
He may have know the War was lost but, could not surrender until
all his forces were gone, or all his ammo used up, and he was
completely surrounded. Lee was from West Point, and there they were
taught that a General did not surrender until these conditions were
met or he could be tried for treason. I know that that was probably a
moot point at this time in the conflict, but you have to remember
Lee lived under a Code of Honor, and to have surrendered too early or
at all was to shame his name and family and his country. The only
person that could tell him to lay down his arms was Davis.
The same held true for the other armies in the field.
There are (supposed to be)approximately 26,300 on the Appomatox
Roster that surrendered with Lee. (I had 3 family members that I know
of so far, on that list.)