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General Orders No. 9 Washington and Lee Copy, 1865-04-10

 File — Box: 5, Folder: 29

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: 1865-04-10


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This document is a copy of General Orders No. 9 issued by Robert E. Lee to the Army of Northern Virginia on April 10, 1865 following the Confederate surrender to General Grant. In it he details the pride and approval of the vigor with which his troops fought, as well as briefly relaying the surrender to Union forces in delicate language to avoid a defeated tone. He ends it by bidding farewell to his troops as the Army of Northern Virginia is dissolved.

Repository Details

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

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA