The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is now available for purchase. Click here to get the book. 



On June 7, 1865, just two months after his surrender at Appomattox, Robert E. Lee was indicted for treason by a Virginia grand jury and faced death by hanging if convicted. Somehow, Lee escaped punishment and went on to become one of the most highly regarded Americans in our history. The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee tells the little-known story of the government’s failure to punish the South’s beloved military hero, a result that had wide-ranging ramifications for the future. The book also considers why we erased this story from our national memory.

When one is happy in forgetfulness, facts get forgotten.
— Robert Penn Warren

Key topics in the Book

  • The indictment of Robert E. Lee by a Norfolk grand jury
  • Robert E. Lee and the institution of slavery
  • The seizure of the Lee family's estate at Arlington
  • Lee's treatment of prisoners during the war
  • The Lost Cause and the Confederacy
  • The building of monuments to Robert E. Lee