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The presentation sword General Robert E. Lee wore to the surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 was a gift from an anonymous Marylander in 1863. The motto inscribed on the blade, Aide toi et dieu l'aidera, translates to Help yourself and God will help you. Lee also wore the sword when he posed for a full-length portrait in the Richmond studio of Julian Vannerson in 1864.