9 April 1865: “I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va on the following terms”

Item Description: Letter from General Ulysses S. Grant to Robert E. Lee laying out the terms of surrender for the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House.


Item Citation: Folder 22b, in the Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Item Transcription:

Hd Qrts Armies United States

Appomattox C.H. Va

Apl 9th 1865


Genl R E Lee

Comdg C.S.A.



In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of 8th inst, I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of 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 an officer to be designated by me, the other to be reclaimed as such officer or officer 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. And each company or Regtl commander to sign alike parole for the men of their commands.

The Arms Artillery and public property to be parked stacked and turned over to the officers appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side arms of the officers nor the private horses or baggage. This done each officer and man will be allowed to returned to their homes not to be disturbed by the United State authorities, as long as they observe their parole and the laws in force where they may reside.

Very respty

U.S. Grant

Lt Genl

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