PEACE ! PEACE !
Peace, peace--which we had always sought to maintain, and the establishment of which was our continuous goal for four years--blessed peace finally appears near, nearer than ever before. The vast bulk of the regular army of the South has been defeated. On Sunday, the 9th of April, towards 4 o'clock in the afternoon, General Lee accepted the conditions for surrender that General Grant had stipulated, declaring that he and his entire army were prepared to lay down their arms. The correspondence exchanged between the two generals is as follows [the wording below is based upon the original correspondence in English]:
To Lieutenant-General Grant, Commander of the United States Army:
April 9, 1865
General! I received your note of this morning on the picket-line, whither I had come to meet you and ascertain definitely what terms were embraced in your proposal of yesterday with reference to the surrender of this army. I now ask an interview in accordance with the offer contained in your letter of yesterday for that purpose.
R. E. Lee, General
To General R. E. Lee, Commander of the Confederate Army:
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 officers and men to be made in duplicate, one copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate.
U.S. Grant, Lieutenant-General