From the 17 January 1997 issue of The New York Times.

BATTLEFIELD OF VICKSBURG.


Col. Fred D. Grant and Gen. E. D. Lee Working for Its Perpetuation.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16.—In the disturbed condition of affairs in the Southern States which followed the war a commission sent out by President Johnson to investigate matters (and of which Gen. J. E. Fullerton of the Chickamauga Park Commission is now almost the only survivor) found in every Southern hotel they visited Gen. Robert E. Lee’s portrait displayed in the post of honor in the office. The one partial exception was Vicksburg, where the portrait of Lee on the right was flanked by that of U. S. Grant on the left. Yesterday this incident was recalled by a remarkable reconter which occurred in the Speaker’s room at the Capitol.

Col. Fred D. Grant of New York, son of the great Union General, and Lieut. Gen. E. D. Lee of Mississippi, one of the Confederate leaders, met for a common purpose. Grant and Lee are here advocating the perpetuation of the battlefield of Vicksburg, on which Grant won laurels as a strategist and a fighting soldier. Col. Grant represents the Army of the Tennessee and Gen. Lee the Confederate Veterans’ Association. They are the leaders of a commission having for its purpose the purchase of the country surrounding Vicksburg to be held by the Federal Government in perpetuity so that future generations may see how the great Federal General manoeuvred to capture the Gibraltar of the Confederacy.

The Park Commission represented by Grant and Lee appeared before the Committee on Rules, consisteing of Speaker Reed and Messrs. Manderson and Dalzell, to plead that a day be set aside for the consideration of the bill making an appropriation for the preliminary work of surveying and marking the lines of battle. As the bill carries an appropriation, Speaker Reed would not make a positive answer. He said that the matter could not be considered alone on its sentimental side.