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Cold Harbor, Va., June 6, 1864.

General R. E. Lee,

Commanding Confederate Army of Northern Virginia:

The knowledge that wounded men are now suffering from want of attention, between the two armies, compels me to ask a suspension of hostilities for sufficient time to collect them in, say two hours. Permit me to say that the hours you may fix upon for this will be agreeable to me, and the same privilege will be extended to such parties as you may wish to send out on the same duty, without further application.


               U. S. Grant,





Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 36, Part 3, pp. 638-639.


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 June 7