09 April 2011

Advice On Lee's Surrender

I recall hearing Kent Masterson Brown retelling a humorous story about the centennial commemoration of Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Here's my best recollection of the story: According to Brown, Robert E. Lee, IV (I think) was to be on hand for the surrender event. Shortly after leaving Richmond, and headed toward Appomattox, Lee was pulled over by a Virginia State Trooper. Addressing Mr. Lee, the trooper asked, "Are you Robert E. Lee, IV?"

"Yes sir, why, was I speeding?" responded Lee. "No, sir" answered the trooper. 

The trooper then asked, "Are you headed to Appomattox for the surrender event?"

"Why, yes, I am. Why do you ask?"

"I just wanted to give you some advice."

"What's that?" enquired Lee.

"Whatever you do, don't sign anything."

And with that, the trooper saluted and returned to his car.


The Warrior said...

Haha, sage advice, right there!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yeah, gotta read that fine print.

msimons said...

As Lee said if I knew how we would be treated I would still be fighting.

A very loose paraphrase.