• The Lees of Virginia
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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



We, the undersigned Prisoners of War, belonging to the Army of Northern Virginia, having been this day surrendered by General Robert E. Lee, C. S. A., Commanding said Army, to Lieut. Genl. U. S. Grant, Commanding Armies of United States, do hereby give our solemn parole of honor, that we will not hereafter serve in the armies of the Confederate States, or in any military capacity whatever, against the United States of America, or render aid to the enemies of the latter, until properly exchanged, in such manner as shall be mutually approved by the respective authorities.

Done at Appomattox Court House, Va., this 9th day of April, 1865.

Robt. E. Lee.

1st Lt & ADC


Provost Marshal’s Office,

2nd District,

Richmond, Va., May 25 1865

I do hereby Certify, That on the 25th day of May, 1865, at Richmond, Va., the oath prescribed by the President of the United States in his proclamation of December 8, 1863, was duly taken, subscribed, and made matter of record by Robert Lee at 3d Dist PMC Richmond

Theo Miller

Maj. 139th N. Y. Vols. And District Pro. Mar.


Source: Photocopy of original, DeButts-Ely Collection of Lee Papers, Library of Congress

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 September 10Parole of Robert E. lee, Jr., 1865 May 25

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