Ulysses S. Grant to Robert E. Lee, Battlefield Copy of Terms of Surrender

Ulysses S. Grant to Robert E. Lee, Battlefield Copy of Terms of Surrender

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Once General Robert E. Lee's Army had been cut off from its supplies, the Confederate Army was limping along. By the spring of 1865, Lee had no choice but to surrender his Army of Northern Virginia. This copy of Grant's letter outlining the terms of surrender was made by W. H. Atkinson, a clerk in the Adjutant General's office of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The two commanders met at the McLean home in Appomattox Court House, Virginia. There Grant and Lee formalized and signed the surrender.
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United States: Virginia, Appomattox
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 10 in x 8 in; 25.4 cm x 20.32 cm
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Civil War
Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, General
Civil War
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National Museum of American History
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