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Experiencing History: Reliving the End of the Civil War, Moment by Moment: 4/7 part 2

242Grant’s growing weary, but Lee won’t give in. Maybe a quick message will help the general see reason. At 5pm today, Grant sends his first message:

“General R.E. Lee, Commanding C.S.A.:
5 P.M., April 7th, 1865.
The results of the last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of the Army of Northern Virginia in this struggle. I feel that it is so, and regard it as my duty to shift from myself the responsibility of any further effusion of blood by asking of you the surrender of that portion of the Confederate States army known as the Army of Northern Virginia.
U.S. Grant, Lieutenant-General”

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**This picture was taken in Virginia in 1864. Grant is sitting in front of the tree on the bench. 

Source: “Surrender at Appomattox, 1865,” EyeWitness to History, http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (1997).

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