In one of the final battles of the war, Lee and Grant fought at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. On April 9, 1865 with his forces heavily depleted and his escape blocked by the Union army, Robert E. Lee famously said, “Then there is nothing left for me to do but to go and see General Grant and I would rather die a thousand deaths." This portrait, taken by Mathew Brady, depicts Lee with his oldest son, George Washington Custis Lee, and Col. Walter Taylor on the day of the surrender at Appomattox. After accepting Grant’s generous terms, Lee left the McLean House and addressed his troops. With tears streaming down his face, he told them, “Men, we have fought through the war together. I have done the best that I could for you.”
Five days later, on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.