Terms of Surrender

Object Number: 
April 9, 1865
Overall: 14 3/4 x 20 1/4 x 1 in. (37.5 x 51.4 x 2.5 cm)
Appomattox C. H. Va. Apl. 9th 1865 Gen. R. E. Lee Comd’g C.S.A. General, In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 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 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 paroles not to take up arms 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 property to be parked and stacked and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side arms of the officers, not their private horses or baggage. This done each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their parole and the laws in force where they may reside. Very respectfully U. S. Grant Lt. Gen.
Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society Library
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Creative: Tronvig Group