From the 25 May 1892 issue of The New York Times.



BALTIMORE, May 24.—Col. Charles Marshall, who served on Gen. Robert E. Lee’s staff during the war, has been invited by the U.S. Grant Post, G.A.R., of Brooklyn, to deliver an oration at the Memorial Day exerciese at Grant’s tomb. Col. Marshall has accepted, and will leave Sunday night for New York.

Col. Marshall says:

I am very glad to be able to assist in honoring the memory of Gen. Grant, because I consider his services to the country, both North and South, in the terms made at the surrender of Appomattox are worthy of honor. It rested with Gen. Grant at the moment the Confederate forces were overcome there, whether the North and South should thereafter assume the relative positions of brothers or of conquerers and conquered.

He had no one to advise him, but, acting upon his own lights, he made such terms of surrender that the Southerners went to their homes feeling that their honor had not been impaired. A most profound peace was the result. Never has a war been brought to such an abrupt and complete ending.

Had he caused the Confederate forces to give up their arms, or required other equally harsh terms of surrender, the result would doubtless not have been the same. Then, when the Government wished to try Gen. Lee. Gen. Grant insisted that the parole be not violated, and threatened to give up his commmission if the trial was persisted in. The trial, as everybody knows, did not come off.

Politicians and non-combatants are the only ones who have waved the bloody shirt since the close of the war. The soldiers on neither side have been guilty of any expressions of ill-will. In three months after Appomattox the armies of both sides had disbanded, the gallant men who fought on either side went back to their vocations, and only the scars of the war were left. I attribute the greater part of this restoration of good feeling to Gen. Grant, and it is for this reason that I say I shall be glad to be able to assist in honoring his memory.