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Lt. Gen. Grant's letter to Gen. Lee, on terms of surrender for the Army of Northern Virginia (Copy), 1865-04-09

 Item — Box: 7, Folder: 3

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection contains primary and secondary resources pertaining to Robert E. Lee and the Lee family. Included are correspondences from, to, and about Lee and various family members; memorabilia, pamphlets, photographs, reminiscences, miscellaneous personal papers, family history and genealogy. The collection includes materials acquired from the Lee family and items donated to and purchased and compiled by W&L University since Lee's tenure as president of Washington College from 1865 - 1870. Adminstrative papers, such as President's Reports, etc..., from Robert E. Lee's presidency of the school may be found within the W&L University Archives. Please contact W&L Special Collections for information regarding the University Archives.


  • Creation: 1865-04-09


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The history of this letter is that at the Mclean House, General Grant, at General Lee's suggestion, himself wrote out in pencil the letter outlining the terms of surrender and, after General Lee had approved it, General Grant asked his secretary, Colonel Parker, to copy it in ink. This was done and then General Grant signed it.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA