April 9, 1865: U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee Correspondence on Surrender Terms

 These documents are official manifold copies made and signed on April 9 & 10  by Maj. H. Gause from other copies made by Lt. Col. Ely Parker AMs 473-19-4 p1 Grant and Lee Surrender AMs 473-19-4 p2 Grant and Lee Surrender


Appomattox Co Va

April 9th 1865

Genl. R. E. Lee

Commanding CSA


In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th inst. I propose to receive the surrender of your army. N. Va. on the following terms to wit.

Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate—one copy to be given to an officer designated by me—the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate.—

The officers to give their individual parole not to take up arms against the government of the United States until properly exchanged & each company or regimental commander to sign a like parole for the men of their commands.—

The teams, artillery and public property to be parked & stacked & turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them—this will not embrace the side arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage.—

This done each officer & man will be allowed to return to their homes not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their parole & laws in where they reside

Very respectfully

(Sgd) U.S. Grant

Lieut. Genl.


Hd Qrs. N. Va.

9 April 1865

Lieut. Genl. U.S. Grant

Comdg. Armies of the U.S.


I have received your letter of this date containing the terms of surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia as proposed by you—

As they are substantially the same as those expressed in your letter of the 8th inst, they are accepted—

I will proceed to designate the proper officers to carry the stipulations into effect—

Very respectfully

Your obd. Servant—

(Sgd) R.E. Lee



Citation: Documents relating to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. 9-10 April 1865. AMs 473/19.4.

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