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Last Order of General Robert E. Lee

Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia
April 10, 1865
General Order Number 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 battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them. But feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that would have attended the the continuance of the contest, I have determined to avoid sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen.

          By the terms of the agreement officers and men can return to their homes and remain until discharged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray the a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection.  With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and general consideration for myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell.

R. E. Lee, General          

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