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.
Richmond, February 1, 1865,
GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE,
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?
Adjutant and Inspector General