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General U.S. Grant, Union commander, receives a response from Confederate General Robert E. Lee concerning surrender

Robert Edward Lee, Brady image, circa 1865, detail
Confederate General Robert E. Lee had received General Grant's note suggesting the end of the fighting the day before.  He responded straight away, although his answer did not reach Grant till the next morning. Lee's reply suggested his willingness to discuss possibilities but also asked about the terms under which this would take place. Meanwhile, his Army of Northern Virginia continued its retreat, barely able to resist the overwhelming strength of the Union Army. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 102.
Benson J. Lossing, The Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War in the United States of America (Hartford, CT: T. Belnap, 1874), 556.