One may wonder why I am bring up Gen. Lee's uniform when he surrender the AoNV to Gen. Grant in April of 1865. My following observation will lead us to the age old question of when did Gen. Lee believe the southern cause was doomed to fail. Some historians like the use the date of Sept. 30, 1864, when Ft. Harrision fell and Gen. Lee was unable to recapature the Ft. I believe if that latter question can be answered with a better date of when Gen. Lee believed the southern cause was doomed to fail by answering the following questions listed below. Questions: If Gen. Lee was wearing a new uniform to his meeting with Gen Grant, when did he order the unifrom? If he did order a new uniform, it would have been during the siege of Petersberg. Why would Gen. Lee order a new uniform while his army was straving and desolving around him. Because Gen. Lee knew in the spring the AoP would start new campaign and he would be force to surrender the AoNV for it had lost ability to fight. Anyone familiar with Gen Lee's life knows he plans everything before it happens. Does anyone one not believe he would not plan his own surrender if it was inevitable? I believe if one can find out when Gen. Lee order his new unifrom he wore to his meeting with Gen. Grant and surrender the AoNV. The date he order that uniform would be the day he truly believe the war and the southern cause was doomed. Remember, when Gen Lee decided the southern cause was doom to failed. He lost his romantic dream to emulate his personal hero George Washington in being the Confederacy Cincinnatus. I would like to know if anyone out there knows the full story behind the unifrom Gen. Lee wore in his meeting with Gen. Grant and surrender of his army I would appreciate. Thanks!!