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Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870) to Ulysses S. Grant

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07967 Author/Creator: Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870) Place Written: Virginia Type: Letter signed Date: 9 April 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: In regard to his forthcoming surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Lee writes requests "a suspension of hostilities pending the discussion of the terms of surrender." A endorsement by General Edward O.C Ord appears on the lower fold, made at 11:55 AM and indicating that the letter was read and acted upon by Ord's and General Philip H. Sheridan's troops. Letter marked "Duplicate."

People: Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
Grant, Ulysses Simpson, 1822-1885.
Ord, Edward O. C. (Edward Otho Cresap), 1818-1883.
Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Appomattox, Surrender, Union General, Union Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War