May 2021 Newsletter


This Month’s Meeting:


May 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Program:  The Parole of Robert E. Lee

Presented by Craig Schnieder



Legacy Estates

We have gained permission to resume our meetings at Legacy Estates!

7200 Van Dorn, use the lower parking on the west side


We will follow the current guidelines for this meeting.  Please do not come if you have been exposed to someone with COVID or if you are exhibiting symptoms. 


Upcoming Meetings

(Get all these on your calendar!)


No meetings in June, July, and August


September 22, 2021

Program to be announced






2020-2021 dues are now due, $15.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a family membership.  So far, thirty members have paid their 2020-2021 dues, with six family memberships, and two new members for a total of $510.00 collected. 




The Parole of Robert E. Lee


On May 29, 1865, President Andrew Johnson issued a Proclamation of Amnesty and Pardon to persons who had participated in the rebellion against the United States. There were fourteen excepted classes, though, and members of those classes had to make special application to the President.  Robert E. Lee was included in an excepted class and thus did not share in President Johnson’s May 29, 1865, amnesty and pardon.  You’ll have to come to the meeting to hear the “rest of the story”!


Image of Surrender Agreement


Text of Letters


Fort Donelson Monument Status 


We are still waiting for the Secretary of State to appoint four members to the committee mandated by 2020 LB 850, as slightly amended by 2021 LB 35.  Steve Guenzel has spoken with Randy Reeves, who was the person in charge of the effort to place an amazing monument to a Mississippi regiment at Shiloh in 2015, which is the last monument to a state unit to have been placed at a national battlefield.  Mr. Reeves has agreed to consult with us as needed to help us with this project.


Hope to see you on the 26th!