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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Richmond, April 27, 1865

Lieut. Gen. U. S. Grant,

Commanding the Armies of the United States:


General: I transmit for your perusal a communication just received and ask your interposition in behalf of the authors. Similar statements have been made to me by officers of rank, which I have not thought it necessary to trouble you with, believing that the obstacles mentioned would be removed as soon as possible. This is still my conviction, and I should consider it unnecessary to call you attention to the subject had I not been informed of orders issued by the military commanders at Norfolk and Baltimore requiring oaths of paroled soldiers before permitting them to proceed on their journey. Officers and men on parole are bound in honor to conform to the obligations they have assumed. This obligation cannot be strengthened by any additional form of oath, nor is it customary to exact them.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 8, p. 517

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 27


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