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Headquarters C. S. Armies, March 23, 1865

Lieut. Gen. U. S. Grant, Commanding U. S. Armies:


General: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 13th [14th] instant with the inclosed paper relative to an alleged attempt to murder a Federal officer while a prisoner of war, and the murder of two others. In reply I beg leave to say that I know nothing of the facts stated in the communication, nor does it afford me the means of ascertaining them. The act complained of, if committed, was done without any authority, and is at variance with the rules by which the Confederate Government endeavors to conduct hostilities. It was probably one of those acts of unauthorized violence proceeding from individual passions, which it is difficult to prevent, but which are not the less to be lamented. Many similar outrages committed upon the persons of Confederate soldiers and citizens by persons in the Federal service have been reported to me, which I trust admit of the same explanation. I endeavor by every means in my power to prevent such violations of the rules of civilized warfare, which only tend to inflame feelings already unfortunately too much embittered, and which unavoidably reflect upon the party to which the perpetrators belong.

Very respectfully, you obedient servant,

R E Lee




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 8, p. 425

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 27     

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