Robert E. Lee surrender order, 1865

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Confederate General Robert E. Lee wrote a draft of his letter of surrender that ended the Civil War, known as General Order No. 9. Clerks then copied the letter for distribution to military commanders. Lee signed the copies -- and continued to sign copies of the order that were prepared by a variety of people, even in years after the war ended.

The origin of this copy is unknown, although it may have been copied then signed by Lee after the war.

He closed the general order: "With an increasing admiration of your constancy & devotion to your country, & a grateful remembrance of yr kind & generous consideration of my-self, I bid you all affectionate farewell."

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  • Title: Robert E. Lee surrender order, 1865
  • Creator: Robert E. Lee
  • Creation Date: 1865-04-10
  • Subject Date: 1865-04-10
  • Location: VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 39/26
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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