On This Day: Robert E. Lee surrenders

On This Day: Robert E. Lee surrenders
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee (Source: National Archives Identifiers 558720 and 525769)

(WWBT) - On this day, April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, bringing an end to the Civil War.

Lee sent a message to Grant announcing that he would surrender, so the two met in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean that afternoon.

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