I have a question concerning the use of Past Perfect and Past Simple in a given situation.
It was a tragedy that Abraham Lincoln, who had led the North to victory and was now ready to be generous to the South, didn’t survive / hadn’t survive to make the peace. Five days after General Lee had surrendered / surrendered at Appomattox, Lincoln was assassinated.
What is the difference in the meaning of these two options?
I mean, when two options are possible I suppose that there is a difference in the meaning. If in this context I'll say "Five days after General Lee had surrendered, Lincoln was assassinated" how would it be different from saying "Five days after General Lee surrendered, Lincoln was assassinated"? Is there any difference or it doesn't matter? I'll be really grateful for some explanation in this context even if it's been explained already in the mentioned topic, because it's not clear for me. :)