April 9, 1865: Appomattox

Appomattox Courthouse

Grant sends Sherman news of the surrender.

Official Records:


HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
Appomattox Court-House, Va., April 9, 1865.
Major-General SHERMAN:

General Grant directs me to forward the following correspondence for your information:

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APPOMATTOX COURT-HOUSE, April 9, 1865.
General R. E. LEE,
Commanding:

GENERAL: In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th instant, 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-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 giving their individual paroles not to take up arma against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery, and public properly to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officers apointed 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 this home, not to be disturbed by the U. S. authorities as long as they observe their parole and the laws in force where they reside.

Very respectfully,
U. S. GRANT,
Lieutenant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
April 9, 1865.
Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,
Commanding Armies of the United States:

GENERAL: 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 instant, they are accepted. I will proceed to designate the proper officers to carry the stipulation into effect. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE,
General.
T. S. BOWERS,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

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[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
April 9, 1865-9 p. m.

General Lee has surrendered the whole of the Army of Northern Virginia to me on terms proposed by myself.

U. S. GRANT,
Lieutenant-General.

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