Today begins my journey home to Plymouth, Massachusetts. It has been a long and dreadful war, but, by the grace of God, the union has triumphed. I have been fighting in this war for nearly two years. It was a great honor to fight under the instruction of General Ulysses S. Grant during my last battles. Robert E. Lee's surrendering of his army to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse was, undoubtedly, one of the most incredible feelings I have been given the privlege of experiencing. Victory has never sounded so harmonious, felt so rich, or tasted so sweet. Although the war was grueling and days were both long and taxing, we in the Union army fought hard. I am in complete awe that it is finally over. That I may be reunited with my family, once again. That this country may be one, again. I am hopeful that good things are near, that the South will join the North with cooperation and ease. I am hopeful that this battle will have made our country stronger, brighter, and better than ever before. I am eager to tell my dear wife, Julia, and two daughter, Maria and Grace, all about my travels. The future will be bright for America.