Monday, April 7, 2014

Appomattox Court House

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park that we visited on Sunday, April 6.

David checking out the map of the park.

In front of the map!

Appomattox Courthouse in Appomattox Court House (the name of the town)

A painting of the surrender.

The McLean House where General Lee surrendered to General Grant.

In 1893, this house was meticulously torn down & plans for the house drawn up so it could be rebuild it Washington DC. Plans fell through & the house parts were left to rot or be stolen on the grounds. In the 1940s, the National Park Service found the plans & rebuilt the house. The only original part of the house left were 5500 bricks.

The table where General Lee signed the surrender papers.

The dining room of the McLean House.

The summer kitchen of the McLean House.

The slave quarters of the McLean House.

The Clover Hill Tavern.

Heading into the Tavern.

Where the Parole Passes were printed after the surrender. The passes were given to the confederate soldiers. They assured them safe passage through Union lines & free passage on Union transports & train lines as they traveled home.

This is the road the confederate soldiers marched up on April 12, 1865 as they came into town to surrender their weapons & get their parole passes.

My kids & Hubby after they turned in their Jr Ranger booklets. They got a badge, a parole pass, a certificate & a pack of trading cards.

David coming out of the General Store.

The Appomattox Court House Confederate Cemetery.

Buried here are 18 Confederate soldiers & 1 Union soldier.

A cannon near the cemetery.

A memorial across the road from the cemetery.

I love all the interesting facts you can find out from the road signs around the country.

What an agonizing wait it must have been. Knowing he was getting ready to surrender, the wait of the world must have been on his shoulders.

The site of a confederate hospital.

The site of Lee's last headquarters.

Where General Lee stayed after the surrender.


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