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Gen. Robert E. Lee's Surrender to Gen. Ulysis S. Grant (1865)
Article published April 13, 1865, in the Bay City Journal.
  • Transcribed August 2005.
  • The Bay City Journal -- Thursday, April 13, 1865.

    Latest News -- By Telegraph.
    By The Western Union Line.

    Surrender of Lee's Army.


    Washington, April 9 – 9 P.M.

    To Major General Dix, New York:

    This department has received the official report of the surrender this day of Gen. Lee and his army to Lieut. Gen. Grant, on the terms proposed by Gen. Grant.

    (Signed) E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War.

    Headq’rs Armies of the United States, April 9 – 4:30 P.M.

    To Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War:

    General Lee surrendered the army of Northern Virginia this afternoon upon the terms proposed by myself. The accompanying additional correspondence will show the conditions fully.

    U. S. GRANT, Lieut. General.

    April 9, 1865.

    General – I received your note of this morning on the picket line, whither I had come to meet you, and ascertain definitely what terms were embraced in your proposition of yesterday with reference to the surrender of this army. I now request an interview in accordance with the offer contained in your letter of yesterday for that purpose.

    Very respectfully, your obedient serv’t,

    R. E. LEE, General

    To Lieut. General Grant, commanding United States Armies.

    APPOTTOMAX COURT HOUSE, April 9th, 1865.

    Gen. R. E. Lee, Commanding C.S.A.:

    In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th inst., I propose to receive the surrender of the army of Northern Virginia on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate by me, the other to be retained by such officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual parols not to take up arms against the government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander to sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be packed and stacked, and turned over to the officers 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 and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by the United States authority, so long as they observe their parole and the laws in force where they may reside.

    Very respectfully yours,

    U. S. GRANT, Lt. Gen.M

    H’dq’rs Army of Northern Virginia, April 9th, 1865.

    Lieut. Gen. U. S. Grant Com’d’g U. S. A.:

    General – I have your letter of this day, 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 obedient servant,

    R. E. LEE, General.

    Related Notes & Pages

    *Bay Co. Civil War History
    People Referenced
    Dix, Gen.
    Grant, Ulysis S., Gen.
    Lee, Robert E., Gen.
    Stanton, Edwin M.
    Subjects Referenced
    Army of Northern Virginia Army of United States
    Washington, DC
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    A fight took place on Monday in Fairfax county, Virginia, between some troops sent by Lee, before his surrender, and some of our men, in which the “rebs” were worsted.
    An engagement with Mosby’s guerrillas was had by some of our troops on Monday, about 14 miles from Washington. The “gorilla” skedaddled.
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    It is stated that 4,000 of Maximillian’s troops have reached Le Sal, Yucatan, to attempt the conquest of that country.
    There was a report in Washington on Monday, that Gen. Johnston had surrendered to Gen. Sherman on the same terms which where graded to Lee.
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