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Peace and Reunification

On Palm Sunday, 1865 Lees surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the Southern States' attempt to create a separate nation. It set the stage for the emergence of an expanded and more powerful Federal government. In a sense the struggle in Philadelphia, over how much power the central government would hold, had finally been settled.
The Surrender by Keith Rocco

The Surrender Meeting

After four years of war and over 630,000 casualties Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant met in the parlor of the McLean Home in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia and agreed to terms which would make reunification of the Nation possible. more...
The McLean House at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Site of the Surrender

The Mclean home in Appomattox Court House, Virginia was used on April 9th 1865 for the surrender meeting between General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A. and Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, U.S.A. The house was also used on April 10th for the Surrender Commissioners meeting, and as the Headquarters of Major General John Gibbon, U.S.A. More...




The Last Ditch by Rufus Zogbaum depicts Confederate soldiers at Appomattox prior to the surrender.

The Appomattox Campaign and Final Battles

A week of fighting culminated in the Battles of Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House, on April 8th and 9th, 1865, and forced the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's once invincible Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. More...


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W.S. Pilcher (right) Confederate Richmond Depot Shell Jacket (left)  

Did You Know?
Private William Pilcher, of the Otey Battery, (pictured in an early war artillery uniform)was issued this type III Richmond Depot Shell jacket less than 2 months prior to the surrender at Appomattox Court House. The original was donated by the Pilcher family and is at Appomattox Court House NHP.

Last Updated: December 03, 2008 at 14:26 EST