American Civil War
[Text] General Robert E. Lee’s Farewell Address


Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, 10th April 1865. General Order No. 9 After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought … Continue reading

American Civil War
[Text] The Surrender Correspondence at Appomattox

The Library of Congress

The correspondence below follows the letters of Grant and Lee as they seek to find an honorable and acceptable end to this bloody war. APRIL 7, 1865 General R. E. LEE: The result of the last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of … Continue reading