HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
April 9, 1865.
Lieutenant General U. S. Grant,
Commanding Armies of the United States:
GENERAL: I have received your letter of this date containing the term of 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.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. E. LEE,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
April 9, 1865-12 m.
General R. E. LEE:
I have no authority to suspend hostilities unless it is with the distinct understanding that you are prepared to accept the terms indicated in the letter of Lieutenant-General Grant sent to you yesterday. I understand General Grant did not accede to your proposition for an interview. Your letter will be at once forwarded to Lieutenant-General Grant and perhaps I may be sooner advised by him if you have had any communications with other parts of our line. I am now advised by General Forsyth that a cessation of hostilities has been agreed upon between your command and General Ord. Under these circumstances, to enable General Forsyth to return and report my action, I agree to a suspension of hostilities till 2 p. m. this day and shall be glad to prolong it on being advised by you that you agree to General Grant's terms.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. G. MEADE,
Major-General, U. S. Army.
HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
In the Field, April 9, 1865.
Major General John Gibbon, Bvt. Major General Charles Griffin, and Bvt. Major General Wesley Marritt are hereby designated to carry into effect the stipulations this day entered into between General R. E. lee, commanding C. S. Armies, and Lieutenant-General Grant, commanding Armies of the United States, in which General Lee surrenders to General Grant the Army of Northern Virginia.
Bvt. Brigadier General George H. Sharpe, assistant provost-marshal-general, will receive and take charge of the rolls called for by the above-mentioned stipulations.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
E. S. PARKER,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE CONFED. STATES, Numbers --- .
April 9, 1865.
Lieutenant General J. Longstreet, Major General J. B. Gordon, and Brigadier General W. N. Pendleton are hereby designated to carry into effect the stipulations