This isn't the only mistake in the story, but 1875 stands out; the Civil War ended in 1865, not 1875. Lee suffered a massive stroke and died Oct. 12, 1870, so he wasn't available in 1875.
From the same story: He posted a Provost Marshall's Directive Order on the gate threatening court martial for any troops who looted or damaged the property.
I don't know that you need to uppercase Provost Marshall's Directive Order, certainly not directive order. And I'm pretty sure it's provost marshal, not marshall.
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