Text of Message Announcing Robert E. Lee's Confirmation as General-in-Chief of the Armies of the Confederacy

February 1, 1865

On February 1, 1865, Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General (CSA) informed Robert E. Lee that the Confederate Senate had confirmed his appointment as general-in-chief of the Armies of the Confederacy.

Portrait of Robert E. Lee

On February 1, 1865, Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General (CSA) informed Robert E. Lee (pictured here) that the Confederate Senate had confirmed his appointment as general-in-chief of the Armies of the Confederacy. [Wikimedia Commons]

Richmond, February 1, 1865,

GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE,
Petersburg, Va.:

I am happy to inform you that your nomination as general-in-chief of the Armies of the Confederate States has been confirmed by the Senate. Your commission as such is in this office, and I ask to be informed whether it shall be sent to you at Petersburg or retained here for your arrival?

S. COOPER
Adjutant and Inspector General

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  • Article Title Text of Message Announcing Robert E. Lee's Confirmation as General-in-Chief of the Armies of the Confederacy
  • Date February 1, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Samuel Cooper, Robert E. Lee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date April 20, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update January 12, 2024

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