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 10