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On the morning of April 9, 1865, ROBERT E. LEE conceded defeat to Ulysses S. Grant. A ceasefire followed, and soon after, the two generals had their historic meeting at Appomattox Court House and both the Civil War and Lee’s military career came to a close. The following is a large copy of General Order No. 9, Lee’s farewell to his troops composed the day after his surrender to Grant. Get transcript

Ruins of a railroad bridge and building on the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad, Richmond, VA, April 1865. Photograph by Alexander Gardner (GLC 05111.01.0198)
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