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9 Apr 2019

145 Years Ago Today, Ulysses Grant Accepted his Last Surrender

145 Years Ago Today, Ulysses Grant Accepted his Last Surrender

154 years ago today, on April 9, 1865, "Unconditional Surrender" Grant sat down to draft a letter to Robert E. Lee. That letter, proposing generous terms of surrender to the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, would signal the beginning of the end of the American Civil War.

Grant went to great lengths to honor the commitments he made that day, at one point using his own fame and influence to stop an attempt to bring charges of treason against high-profile Confederates, including Lee. He walked a delicate line before, during and after his presidency to heal the fractures between the North and South while also supporting Reconstruction and civil rights. His travails and accomplishments would earn him international renown and a place on the U.S. $50 bill.

In honor of this complex and fascinating American hero, this month we're asking history lovers to give a Grant (i.e. $50) to preserve hallowed ground. April is the month Grant was born and the month he accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. It's also the last full month to receive an American Battlefield Trust Founding Member hat for membership contributions of $50 or more.

Join or renew your membership with a gift of $50 or more before the end of April and we'll send you a Founding Member hat in addition to a subscription to four issues of our award-winning magazine, Hallowed Ground. Members also receive a discount to our American Battlefield Trust online store.

Together, we can give future generations an invaluable gift: access to the places where our nation's history was shaped by fascinating individuals. Please visit our website to learn more about Ulysses Grant, then give a Grant to save hallowed ground.

Over the years, our members have helped to save land where Grant shaped history – places like Appomattox Court House, Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Chattanooga, and Cold Harbor. Please join the Trust or renew your membership this month to get a Founding Member hat in exchange for just one Grant.

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