From The Gettysburg Battlefield To The Appomattox Courthouse


Mary Lincoln. Letter to Charles Sumner, Washington, D.C., April 10, 1865. Manuscript.

General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on 9 April 1865.  The next day, First Lady Mary Lincoln wrote to friend and confidant Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner with good news: “Mr. L. told me the news, last night at ten o’clock, that Lee & his Army were in our hands.”  “If possible,” she continued, “this is a happier day, than last Monday [the fall of Richmond], the crowds around the house have been immense, in the midst of the bands playing, they break forth into singing.”  

MS Am 1 (3857) Charles Sumner, Correspondence   Gift of Edward L. Pierce and family.