Reprinted in Benson J. Lossing, The Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War in the United States of America (Hartford, CT: T. Belnap, 1874), 560.
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Appomattox Court-House. Va., April 9, 1865.
General — In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th instant, I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia 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 to be designated by me, the other to be retained by such other 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 to 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 officers appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to his home, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they reside.
"U. S. Grant, Lieutenant General.
"General R. E. Lee.'"
Head-Quarters. Army of Northern Vtrginia. April 9, 1865
General — I received your letter of this date, containing the terms of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, as proposed by you. As they are substantially the same as those expressed in your letter of the 8th instant, they are accepted. I will proceed to designate the proper officers to carry the stipulations into effect.
R. E. Lee, General.
"Lt.-General U. S. Grant."
General U.S. Grant, Union commander, contacts Confederate General Robert E. Lee to suggest Lee's surrender
General U.S. Grant, Union commander, receives a response from Confederate General Robert E. Lee concerning surrender