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General Orders No. 4, 1865-02-22

 Collection — Box: 5, Folder: 22

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: 1865-02-22


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This document is a set of general orders issued by Robert E. Lee to the Confederate Army on February 22, 1865. These orders are a set of new standards to observe in the face of waning supplies and troops. The orders set out that vacant positions are to be filled as soon as possible upon their opening with troops from the rear. Lee goes on to explain new punishment and more stringent rules over any disobedience or evasion of duty.

Repository Details

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

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Lexington VA 24450 USA