The day after he signed articles of surrender to the Union armies under General Ulysses Grant, Army of Northern Virginia commander General Robert E. Lee bid his troops farewell before riding to his home in Richmond. He thanked his soldiers for their loyalty and constant sacrifice and assured them them that he had not lost faith in them but that he surrendered to save further loss of life. Some in the North considered his words in this declaration to be unrepentant and fuel for further future resistance for the Confederate cause. (By John Osborne)
General Robert E. Lee's farewell to his troops of the Army of Northern Virginia
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