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07 April 2006
  Historic Document


The Gilder Lehrman Institute regularly features documents from the institutes' Collection. This week's document was written on the morning of April 9, 1865. In it, Robert E. Lee conceded defeat in a mere sentence sent to Ulysses S. Grant. He requests "a suspension of hostilities pending the discussion of the terms of surrender." An endorsement by General Edward O.C. Ord on the lower fold, made at 11:55 AM, indicates that the letter was read and acted upon.

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