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"To be more accurate, General Custer received this flag of truce when it was sent to him by Robert E. Lee on the morning of April 9, 1865, leading to Lee's formal surrender later in the day. This event was witnessed by famed Civil War sketch artist Alfred Waud in his work entitled "Custer Receives the Flag of Truce " now at the Library of Congress. Custer was not in the room for Lee's signing of the formal terms of surrender. "