Apr 222011
 
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This week my husband had 3 days off. So yesterday we decided to take a little day trip. Our destination…

Appomattox Courthouse

Hopefully you know that Appomattox Courthouse is the site of the end of the Civil War. But you might not know that the surrender wasn’t signed at the courthouse in Appomattox. It was signed at the McLean house in Appomattox Courthouse. The name of the town was Appomattox Courthouse because the Appomattox County Courthouse was located there.

We did visit the Courthouse at Appomattox Courthouse. Inside is a museum with Civil War artifacts. There were also 2 short films which detailed the last battle of the Civil War and the surrender. (Though technically other battles were later. News traveled slow in those days.) I was impressed by the great dignity in which the Union army treated the surrendered Confederates. (I would like to do some more research on this. I’m not completely sure I heard BOTH sides of the story.)

My husband in front of the Courthouse at Appomattox Courthouse

The family (minus me and baby) outside one of the small houses.

A replica of the table where General Lee sat.

This is where Gen. Grant wrote the surrender agreement.

Dining Room at the McLean house

I love this dining room. We have a youth chair that looks almost exactly like that! I wish my dining room were large enough for a table that large. It is obvious that the whole family eating together was important to this family.

After visiting the small reconstructed town, we took a short hike to the NC Memorial.

I’m not a North Carolinian by birth, but I have spent most of my life here. I have ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War. I definitely know my grandfather’s grandfather (I think I’ve got that right) fought in the Union army even though he was from Tennessee. I’ve seen a picture of him in his uniform.

It was a beautiful day and a great day for the whole family to get some exercise together.

 

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  3 Responses to “Appomattox Courthouse”

  1. What a neat way to get some exercise! Thanks for sharing pictures from you adventure. It’s nice to put some images to the history I’ve read.

  2. Looks and sounds like a great field trip. Glad you had a good time.

  3. We visited AC in late March, as we were taking the scenic route home (following Lee’s Retreat trail) from a debate tournament in Fredericksburg. We had a great time and met a great ranger, Mr Brennan. This prompted a trip to the Petersburg area a couple weeks later. We visited the Pamplin Historical Park & National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, a wonderful site as well as several other battlefields on the Wilson-Kautz trail. We did not even make it to the Petersburg Battlefield on that trip, you have to have a good reason to go back sometimes.

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