Thanks to friend Lynda Lowery of Alabama for sharing this story with me:
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Auburn University has acquired an extremely rare artifact from the Civil War era; General Robert E. Lee's letter of surrender. The University says it accepted the document as a donation from a very generous donor on April 10, 2009. That donor was identified as James L. Starr, a 1971 Auburn graduate.
"Something as historically important as this should be preserved for future generations," Starr said. "I knew Auburn's collection was the best place for it. Now it can be enjoyed by students, scholars and the general public."
The hand-written letter, dated April 9, 1865 was delivered on the same day as Lee's meeting with Ulysses S. Grant. The location: Appomattox Court House in northern Virginia. For complete story: http://www.wsfa.com/global/story.asp?s=10526034&ClientType=Printable