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Ulysses S. Grant, Union commander, hints at generous terms and suggests to Robert E. Lee they meet face to face

Robert Edward Lee, Brady image, circa 1865, detail
04/08/1865
When General Grant received Confederate General Robert E. Lee's response to his overture suggesting Confederate surrender, he responded straight away, stating that he was prepared to offer generous terms providing prisoners did not later take up arms against the Union.  He then suggested a face to face meeting.  By this time Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was barely operational and was blocked at Appomattox Court House. Lee, in answer the same day, refused to confirm that he would surrender but agreed to a meeting which took place the following afternoon. (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), 556-558.

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