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THE PRICE FOR A PIECE OF HISTORY
[SPORTS FINAL, C Edition]
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Author: Unger, Rudolph
Date: Mar 5, 1986
Start Page: 1
Section: CHICAGOLAND
Abstract (Document Summary)

On a spring day in 1865, the Civil War ended in McLean's parlor when Gen. Robert E. Lee, seated at one table, signed a statement of surrender to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who was seated at another.

As Lee prepared to ride off from McLean's farmstead after the surrender, Grant stood on the stairs of the McLean home and raised his hat in salute to his defeated foe. Grant's men did the same.

Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord paid McLean $40 for the table that Lee had used. Maj. Gen. Philip L. Sheridan paid $20 for the table Grant had used, Weinberg said. Then Sheridan asked Maj. Gen. George A. Custer--the same Custer who later specialized in making "stands"--to haul it away on horseback.

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