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R. E. Lee's Letter R.E. Lee letter to Ulysses S. Grant, June 1865

When the two gentlemen / generals met at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865 to end the Civil War, Grant allowed Lee and his men to take their weapons and go home. But later, angry politicians in Washington considered putting Lee on trial for treason. So the rebel Virginian wrote this letter to the patriot from Illinois asking him to stop those maneuvers. Grant did so, explaining to President Andrew Johnson that he had promised Lee on April 9th no political charges would be brought against him.

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